Friday 02 December 2016, 09:34

Saddened world to fall silent for Chapecoense

In response to Monday’s air tragedy that struck Brazilian team Associação Chapecoense de Futebol, the Bureau of the FIFA Council has called for a minute’s silence before every football match this weekend.

All players around the world are also asked to wear black armbands in memory of the tragic loss of life.

On 28 November, 19 players and staff from Chape were on their way from Brazil to Colombia to compete in the final of the Copa Sudamericana and were among the 71 who died when their plane crashed.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino, who earlier this week described the event as a “very, very sad day for football”, will be at the collective funeral at the stadium in Chapeco today, along with other notable figures including Brazil's national team coach, Tite.

Bureau of the FIFA Council agrees minute’s silence at every match this weekend; all players are requested to wear black armbands #ForçaChape

— FIFA Media (@fifamedia) December 1, 2016