Almost exactly a year to the day, Torino have announced that they plan to honour the victims of the Chapecoense plane crash during their Serie A fixture this coming weekend.
Some 71 people lost their lives when Chape’s team plane went down in the hills outside Medellin, Colombia on 28th November, 2016, leaving just six survivors.
Torino themselves know all too well the pain and suffering of seeing an entire team wiped out by an air disaster, and as such have revealed that they plan to play in green shirts against Atalanta on Saturday as a display of solidarity…
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In a statement on their official website, Torino explained:
A year after the Medellin disaster, following a promise by President Urbano Cairo made to President De Nes Filho, Torino FC will play a league match wearing a shirt to honour the Brazilian club.
During Torino-Atalanta, the team will be wearing Chapecoense’s green shirt on the pitch – a shirt produced in a limited edition of 1500 items that will be on sale in Granata Stores and Kappa stores; part of the proceeds will be donated to the families of the victims of the plane crash.
To remember them and be tangibly close to them.
Toro and Chape, united by fate, friends forever.
The Superga disaster of 1949 saw every single member of Torino’s famous post-war side wiped out, along with their coaches, managers, journalists, pilots and members of the crew when their plane, flying back from a friendly against Benfica in Lisbon, hit a wall behind the Basilica of Superga in Turin.