Chapecoense’s president has revealed on Brazilian TV that FC Barcelona were the only European club to offer the embattled club financial support.
Chape lost most of its playing roster as well as coaches, staff, directors and journalists when a charter flight carrying the club to Medellin, Colombia, crashed while in a holding pattern above the local airport.
Seventy-five people lost their lives on the way to Chape’s biggest ever game, the Copa Sudamericana final first leg against Atletico Nacional.
Plenty of clubs from around the world offered Chape support, but the club’s new president Plinio David de Nes revealed Barca were the only party to turn verbal support into physical – and financial – backing.
“Only Barcelona were on our side from the very first moment,” the chief told Fox Sports.
“They offered us funds and in the month of August we have been invited to play the Gamper Trophy, with the proceeds shared with Chapecoense.”
de Nes added AS Roma offered to play a game against Chapecoense, but the proposal was not feasible.
“Roma also offered to play a game against us, but we have a very packed calendar.
“We have almost three games a week.”