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Plane Crash Barcelona offer to play Chapecoense

Barcelona have invited Brazilian club Chapecoense to play them in a pre-season friendly next summer.

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Barcelona have invited Brazilian side Chapecoense to play in next summer's Joan Gamper Trophy match at Camp Nou in homage to the 71 people who died in an airplane accident in Colombia last month.

Nineteen Chapecoense players and staff were among 71 people killed in a plane crash as the team travelled to Colombia for the Copa Sudamericana's first leg.

The friendly would be for the Joan Gamper trophy, which is an annual match between Barcelona and an invited team.

In a statement, Barcelona said they wanted to "pay tribute" to the victims and help Chapecoense recover.

Three Chapecoense players were among six people to survive the crash.

Barcelona said they wanted to make the Joan Gamper trophy "a great tribute to the world of football through various activities around this match".

"Barcelona want to pay homage to the 71 people who died in the accident and their families," the Catalan club said in a statement.

"The club will work so that the Joan Gamper Trophy 2017 provides a huge homage to them from the football world through different initiatives surrounding the game.

"With the invitation of Chapecoense to the Joan Gamper Trophy, Barcelona want to collaborate with the institutional and sporting reconstruction of the club and help them recover the competitive level they had.

"Barcelona sent a formal letter to Chapecoense's current board of directors on Thursday."

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