Brazil will play Colombia in friendly for air crash victims

December 06, 2016
In this November 23 photo, Cleber Santana, of Brazil's Chapecoense, runs on the pitch during a Copa Sudamericana semifinal football match against Argentina's San Lorenzo in Chapeco, Brazil. Santana is reported to be among those who died in the crash.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP):

Brazil will play Colombia in a friendly match at the end of January to help victims of the air crash that killed most of the players, staff and directors of football club Chapecoense last week.

Nineteen of Chapecoense's players were killed in the crash just outside Medellin, Colombia, as the Brazilian team headed to the first of two matches against Colombian club Atletico Nacional to determine the champion of the Copa Sudamericana Latin America's number two club tournament.

A spokesman for the Brazilian football confederation says the venue will be decided by Chapecoense directors and that all the ticket office revenues will go to the families of the victims.

Chapecoense's director of communications says the match could happen at the historic Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro or in Chapecoense's 22,000-seater Arena Conda.

Chapecoense's arena hosted a memorial service on Saturday for 50 of the 71 victims.

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