Friday 24 March 2017

Watch: Heartbreaking video emerges of Chapecoense players telling tragic team-mate he is to become a father for first time

Players of Chapecoense celebrate their semi-final win
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Heartbreaking footage has emerged of Chapecoense players surprising their team-mate Thiaguinho by telling the 22-year-old he was to become a father for the first time.

Thiaguinho lost his life along with 75 other people when a plane carrying the Chapecoense squad to Medellin came down in a mountainous range near the Colombian city.

The Brazilian side were due to play Atletico Nacional in the Copa Sudamericana final first leg on Wednesday, but the match has been postponed and the South American Football Confederation [Conmebol] has announced that all activities across the continent have been suspended until further notice.

The crash is the worst tragedy to involve a football team since the 1958 Munich Air Disaster, in which 23 people died including Manchester United players, staff and journalists.

A two-minute video has surfaced on social media of Chapecoense players approaching Thiaguinho with a gift from his wife Graziele. Thiaguinho, whose real name is Tiago Da Rocha Vieira, looked a little sceptical at the start, but after eventually opening the package, he erupted with cheers and tears as he discovered a letter revealing he was going to be a dad.

The package from his wife also included a packet of baby socks.

Watch it below:

 

 

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