I’m sure I speak for all football fans, and not just Manchester United fans, who have had this kind of tragedy happen to our team, when I say that my heart goes out to the friends and families and the fans of the Brazilian club, Chapacoense who have died in a plane crash today.
To lose so many young men, talented young men, friends and teammates and idols to fans who expected to see them playing on for years and years, provided joy, excitement, drama, success is an experience that, to the best of my knowledge has only happened twice before, to United and Torino. The limited nature of this tragedy, the fact that sixty-eight years have gone by since it last happened, is of no consolation.
Torino came back, we came back, Chapacoense please come back, please regain your strength, please honour your lost by playing on, in their name, for their name and yours. Our Brazilian friends, we wish that you had not been forced to share this experience. Our thoughts, our love as fans, our support goes out to you.