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Chelsea dedicates win to Chapecoense plane crash victims

Chelsea's David Luiz (left) and Willian (right) display their arm bands in memory of the Colombian crash victims. Credit: PA

Footballer David Luiz dedicated Chelsea's win on Saturday to those killed in the Chapecoense plane crash.

The Brazilian player, who had ice strapped to his knee following Sergio Aguero's tackle, declined to speak about the brawl at the end of the match.

He and fellow Brazilian player Willian displayed a black arm band to the crowd during the match.

"I prefer to give this victory to the people in Brazil, Luiz said after the match. "I had some friends there and it's difficult to play this kind of game. We just need to play for the families because it's difficult for everyone."

Players from both sides wore black arm bands in tribute to the 71 people who died in Monday's crash outside Medellin, Colombia.

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.

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.

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