offpitch | 2016-12-08
Barça invites Chapecoense to the 2017 Gamper Trophy
The club wants to pay tribute to the plane crash victims of the Brazilian side
FC Barcelona has issued today a formal invitation to Brazilian team Chapecoense to 2017 Gamper Trophy. “Chape” were victims of a fateful plane crash on November 28th in Colombia, where they were set to play the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final.
According to the official statement by the club “FC Barcelona wants to pay tribute to the 71 people who died in the accident and their families, and will therefore make the 2017 Joan Gamper Trophy a great tribute to the world of football through various activities around this match which will become known as the date of this celebration approaches.”
“Along with the invitation to Chapecoense to the 2017 Joan Gamper Trophy, FC Barcelona would like to collaborate on the institutional and sporting reconstruction of the Club, and help to recover the competitive level that it had.”
As a tribute, CONMEBOL officially awarded Chapecoense the 2016 Copa Sudamericana title as requested by their Colombian rivals Atlético Nacional.