By Walter Broeckx
This morning when I drove to work I heard on the radio that in Colombia a plane had crashed and that on this plane was the selection of Chapecoense. A Brazilian team that was on its way to play the final of the Copa Sudamericano. What we would call the Europa League final over here.
The plane didn’t reach its destination that would have been the airport of Meddelin in Colombia.
81 passengers were on board and only 6 survived.
Amongst the survivors they have counted 3 of the football players of Chapecoense. As far as I can find defender Alan Ruschel and the keepers Danilo and Jakson Follmann are the lucky ones. But then again in what condition are they and will they ever recover from their injuries?
In other words almost the whole selection of the club has been killed.
At times like this one can only sit back and feel the pain of the players and their families who have to live on after this tragedy.
I had written an article about the referee and how they can work. It all seems so meaningless at this moment in time.
When a whole club has been whipped of the face of the earth I didn’t feel like publishing it.
As Per Mertesacker wrote in his reaction : something we do almost every week (stepping on a plane) has now suddenly turned in to a disaster.
We take it all for granted that planes will carry us safe from point A to point B. And then it all goes wrong. And when it goes wrong it is mostly a terrible ending.
I was trying to imagine how I would react if such a thing would happen to Arsenal. And after a few seconds I thought it was better not even to try to imagine such a tragedy.
I’m sorry for not putting up any Arsenal related post at this moment but I really don’t feel that this is important right now.
I think the whole football world is schocked by this tragedy and tears have no colours.
My thoughts go out to those young man who only recently celebrated reaching the final and the excitement they must have felt on reaching the final. And then now reaching that final will have cost most of them their lives. Live can be cruel at times.
My thoughts also go out to those unkown victims of the crash. Because they will not have the support from the rest of the world. They probably remain unknown victims of the crash that will be remembered for always as the crash that killed almost a whole football team.
Such a tragedy should remind us how fragile live is and quickly we could face the end. And should remind us of enjoying live as much as we can when we can. It reminds me once again that I don’t want to waste my live by moaning about things that don’t go our way. It reminds me of enjoying the things that do go my way.
To all the victims of todays disaster flight in Colombia I can only hope that they may rest in peace.
And whoever is flying at the moment: please have a save journey.