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    Barcelona invites Chapecoense to friendly next year to help rebuild tragedy-stricken club

    Dec 9, 2016
    Barcelona plans to host a pre-season friendly with the tragedy-stricken Chapecoense club next year. AP

    BARCELONA, Spain — Barcelona says it has extended an invitation to host a friendly match against the Brazilian soccer club involved in last week's plane crash.

    Chapecoense was on its way to the final of the Copa Sudamericana, one of South America's most prestigious club tournaments, when its flight went down in Colombia, killing all but six of the 77 players, officials and journalists on board.

    The match would be played in August. The friendly, called the Joan Gamper trophy, is used as Barcelona's traditional curtain raiser for the new season.

    Barcelona says it sent a formal invitation to Chapecoense on Thursday (Friday, Manila time).

    Barcelona says it wants to "pay homage to the 71 people who died in the accident as well as their families."

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    Barcelona plans to host a pre-season friendly with the tragedy-stricken Chapecoense club next year. AP
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