Football world mourns after fatal crash
NEW YORK, (AP):
From Lionel Messi to Neymar, from Pele to FIFA, the world of sports expressed its sorrow following the crash of the plane carrying the Brazilian football team Chapecoense on Monday. The short-haul charter crashed in Medellin on its way to Colombia for the Copa Sudamericana final.
At least 75 of the 81 people on board died, authorities said.
"It's impossible to believe this tragedy, impossible to believe what happened, impossible to believe that the plane crashed, impossible to believe that athletes, human beings were on this plane, impossible to believe that these people left their families. ... Today the world cries, but heaven rejoices in receiving Champions." - Barcelona and Brazil star Neymar on Instagram.
"My deepest condolences go to all of the families, friends and supporters of the Associacao Chapecoense de Futebol squad. #FuerzaChape." Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi on Facebook.
"Brazilian football is in mourning. It is such a tragic loss. My sincere condolences to the families of the deceased. Rest in peace." Brazilian legend Pele.
"This is a very, very sad day for football. We are so sorry to hear about the airplane crash in Colombia, it is shocking and tragic news. At this difficult time our thoughts are with the victims, their families and friends. FIFA would like to extend its most heartfelt condolences." FIFA President Gianni Infantino on FIFA's website.