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Coffins of Chapecoense crash dead draped in club crest

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The caskets containing the remains of Chapecoense players killed in the Colombian plane crash where draped with white sheets bearing their football team's logo.

Nineteen Chapecoense players died when the LaMia charter plane crashed into a mountainside in Columbia on Monday. The team were on their way to play the final of the South American cup - the biggest match in the club's history.

Football teams around the world have paid tribute to the 'Cinderella' club. Brazilian teams have offered to lend players to the club for free and Tuesday night's Premier League matches began with a one-minute silence.

Umbro, who make Chapecoense's strip, said they were struggling to keep up with demand for all the Brazilian clubs requesting commemorative editions ahead of the final game of the season.

Forensic authorities say they have managed to identify a majority of the victims of the air tragedy.

Chapecoense football shirts sell out after global demand

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An outpouring of support for the Brazilian football team devastated by the Colombian plane crash this week has led to a shortage of shirts.

Umbro, who make Chapecoense's strip, are struggling to keep up with demand- one of the local factories does not have enough 'Chapecoense green' fabric to make jerseys for all the Brazilian clubs requesting commemorative editions ahead of the final game of the season.

Umbro acknowledged that demand for the shirts was high as football fans around the world showed their solidarity with the team.

Only three Chapecoense players survived the crash on the eve of their now-cancelled Copa Sudamericana final against local side Atletico Nacional.

UK-based Umbro said it was looking for ways to handle the demand for Chapecoense shirts.

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Bolivia suspends Chapecoense crash airline

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The airline involved in the fatal crash that left 71 people dead has been suspended.

The Bolivian Civil Aviation Authority has indefinitely removed the license of tiny charter airline LaMia following the crash of one its charter planes in Colombia on 28 November.

The LaMia flight crashed into a mountainside while approaching Medellin, Colombia, killing all but six of the 77 people on board, including many players from Chapecoense football club.

Colombian investigators said the crash might have resulted from a lack of fuel on the plane. International flight regulations require aircraft to carry enough reserve fuel to fly for 30 minutes after reaching their destination.

The airline was founded in Venezuela in 2009, but operates in Bolivia.

Player learned he was to become father before crash

A video of one of the Colombia plane crash victims learning he had become a father just a week ago has emerged.

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The poignant footage shows Tiago da Rocha Vieira Alves, known as "Tiaguinho", being told the news by his teams.

Tiaguinho, 22, was one of the 71 people who were killed when the plane taking them to Medellin, Colombia, for a cup final, crashed into a mountainside.

Colombia plane crash: Pilot said he had 'run out of fuel'

The pilot suggested the plane had run out of fuel. Credit: Reuters

A recording from the cockpit of the doomed Colombia flight showed its pilot saying he had run out of fuel.

Both black boxes from the stricken aircraft, which was carrying players and staff from Chapecoense football team, were recovered yesterday from the site of the crash.

Voice recordings showed the Bolivian Lamia plane's pilot claiming he had run out of fuel shortly before it crashed in the mountains, killing 71 people on board.

In the audiotape the pilot could be heard repeatedly requesting permission to land due to a "total electric failure" and lack of fuel, before slamming into a mountainside.

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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."

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