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Chapecoense to wear special 71-star shirt in friendly against Barcelona

Chapecoense have announced that they will wear a special shirt in their friendly against Barcelona, which will pay tribute to those who died in the plane crash last November.

Made by Umbro, the shirt will feature 71 stars each representing a victim of the air disaster which happened as the South American side were travelling to Colombia ahead of the 2016 Copa Sudamericana Finals.

Alan Ruschel, who survived the air crash, will make an appearance for Chapecoense in the game at the Nou Camp.

The defender needed surgery for a serious back injury from the crash but has now returned to training.

A statement from the South American side on Thursday, read: “Chapecoense can confirm that after a joint decision by the board, the department of football and the player himself, who is fit to play, the official return of Alan Ruschel to the side will take place on August 7 against Barcelona at the Nou Camp.

“Alan’s return represents an important step in his recovery and in the process of rebuilding the squad.

“Considering the magnitude of this match against a great Spanish team, in one of the temples of world football, we recognise that the game represents the ideal occasion for his return.” 

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