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Fans hold tearful stadium vigil after football plane tragedy

Supporters of Brazilian club Chapecoense have held an emotional vigil for the victims of the Colombia plane crash in which almost all the team's players and officials died.

Thousands of fans gathered at the Arena Conda stadium in Chapeco and held lights up in the darkness in tribute to the 71 victims.

A young Chapecoense supporter is held by his father as he is interviewed on the pitch. Credit: Reuters
Fans raised scarves while others shone lights in tribute to the 71 people who died in the crash. Credit: RTV
Almost all of the Chapecoense squad and staff were killed in the club's chartered plane crash as they travelled for a continental cup final. Credit: RTV

'There are no words - everyone was dreaming, but not now'

Chapecoense officials and supporters have described their shock and loss in the wake of the Brazilian team's devastating plane crash.

Prayers were held at the club's stadium as it became a memorial site following the chartered plane crash that killed all but three of the club's players and staff.


Chapecoense: The club will continue says vice president

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The vice president of Brazil side Chapecoense has vowed the club will continue despite most of the squad being wiped out in a plane crash.

Ivan Tozzo told Brazil's Globoesporte website he was determined to rebuild Chapecoense and play in the Brazilian league again next year.

He said: "We are going to have to restructure the club, sign new players, hold lots of meetings and have lots of patience to keep going in the Brasileiro, a tournament that is very important to us.

"We intend on continuing next year."

Several of Brazil's country's top sides, including league champions Palmeiras, said they would loan players to help Chapecoense get back playing again.

A joint statement said: "It is the minimum gesture of solidarity that is within our reach at this point in time but it is borne of the sincerest desire to reconstruct this institution and that part of Brazilian football that was lost today."

Colombia plane crash: Death toll down to 71 from 75

The death toll from the plane crash has been revised down to 71 Credit: ITV News

The death toll from the Colombian plane crash has been revised down to 71 from 75.

Colombian aviation authorities said the number was lowered after establishing that four fewer people were aboard the aircraft than originally thought.

None of the four are believed to be players for Chapecoense football team.

Colombia plane crash: Black boxes recovered

The plane which crashed in Colombia killed 75 people Credit: Aeronautica Civil/Twitter

Two black boxes from the doomed Colombian aircraft carrying the Chapecoense football team have been recovered.

Colombia's government announced the recovery of the boxes as rescue teams continued to scour the site of the crash, where 75 people were killed.


Wembley Stadium arc turns green in plane crash tribute

The Football Association have paid tribute to the victims of the Colombia plane crash by changing the colour of the arc at Wembley Stadium.

The famous white landmark was changed to resemble the Brazilian flag and honour the victims of the crash, which included footballers and staff of the Capecoense football team.

They said: "The thoughts of everyone at the FA are with Capecoense" as well as "all the victims of the tragic air accident".

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Colombia crash: Football teams hold minute's silence

Leeds and Liverpool players observe a minute's silence at Anfield. Credit: PA

Football teams up and down the country have held a minute's silence in honour of the victims of the Colombia plane crash.

The matches included Tuesday's evening's English Football League Quarter Finals in Liverpool and Hull.

On Monday, at least 75 people were killed when the a plane carrying Brazilian Serie A team Chapecoense crashed in wooded highlands in Colombia.

Hill City and Newcastle players observe a minute's silence.

Colombia crash: Team pictured outside doomed aircraft

The Chapecoense football team poses outside the doomed aircraft

One of the final pictures of the Chapecoense football team shows the squad shortly before it boarded its doomed flight.

The Brazilian side was shown lined up outside the aircraft, which crashed on its way to Medellin, Colombia, killing 75 people on board.

Most of the squad died in the crash.

Colombia crash: Flight that began in hope ends in tragedy

Brazil is in mourning after a plane carrying Chapecoense football team crashed in Colombia, killing almost everybody on board.

Officials say five people survived the crash near Medellin, where Chapecoense had been travelling for a cup final.

A flight that began with so much hope has now ended in tragedy, ITV News Correspondent Neil Connery reports.

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