FIFA pays tribute to Brazil football club tragedy

FIFA paid tribute to members of the Brazilian football club who tragically died in a plane crash near Medellin, Colombian Andes on Monday.

More than 14,000 people including the players, officials and supporters that packed the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby on Saturday night to witness the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup finals, paid tribute.

The 19 players that died were all from the Chapecoense club of southern Brazil.

They were on the way to the finals of a regional tournament against Atletico Nacional of Medellin, which was due to be played on Wednesday.

A minute silence took place before the kick off of the bronze playoff between Japan and the United States and the final between Korea DPR and France.

The players and referees formed a circle in the centre of the field and bowed their heads in silence to pay their respects while the crowd in the stands all stood in silence. 

It was an emotional moment and the atmosphere in the stands was calm as Papua New Guineans also gave their support to the Brazil U20 women’s team who are already home to join their country mourn the tragedy.

Quintina Naime