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J.League announces continued support for Chapecoense

Sat, 8 Apr 2017 - 22:15 JST
J.League announces continued support for Chapecoense

The J.League has revealed details of the league’s continued support for Brazilian club Chapecoense following Chairman Mitsuru Murai’s visit to Brazil last month.

In addition to the previously-announced donation amount, Suruga Bank Championship 2017 participants Urawa Reds as well as J.League clubs whose former players or coaches were lost in last November’s air disaster will continue to collect donations at their home games.

Additionally, the league will invite a Chapecoense youth team to participate in a J.League academy-level tournament.

“I strongly hope that we will be able to contribute to Chapecoense’s recovery and deepen the bonds between Brazilian and Japanese football,” Murai said.

“I would like to thank Japanese fans and officials for their kindness,” added Chapecoense president Plínio David De Nes. 

“I believe from my heart that the Suruga Bank Championship will be a fantastic match, and that August 15 will represent the close relationship between our club, Brazil, and Japan.”

Murai’s visit to Chapecoense was facilitated by Brazilian football legend Zico, who accompanied the chairman during the trip.

“I’m happy to see Japan and Brazil grow closer through football and grateful to the J.League for their facilitation,” the former Japan national team coach said.

“As everyone is aware, Chapecoense suffered a tremendous loss last year, and the J.League’s assistance will be incredibly valuable to them as they begin to rebuild.”

The Suruga Bank Championship 2017 will take place on August 15 at Saitama Stadium 2002.