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De Gea, Costa, Torres among stars to donate signed shirts for Chapecoense charity auction

Date Posted,March 29, 2017

Some of the biggest names in world football have donated signed shirts and memorabilia for a charity auction in memory of the Chapecoense plane crash victims.

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea and Chelsea duo Diego Costa and Cesar Azpilicueta are among those who have signed shirts to be sold off.

Former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres and Brazilian star Kaka have also signed jerseys of their current clubs.

All the money raised from the auction will go towards 19 widows of those who lost their lives in the tragic clash last year.

In total, 71 players and club members passed away as Chapecoense travelled to Colombia for the first leg of the Copa Sudamerica final.

Diego Costa’s donated shirt (Photo: xxxxxxxx)
Costa signed the shirt for the auction (Photo: xxxxxxxx)
Cesar Azpilicueta’s donation for the charity auction (Photo: xxxxxxxx)
Cesar Azpilicueta also signed a shirt (Photo: xxxxxxxx)

Only six people survived the impact.

The shirts will go on sale on Brazilian website in the near future.

De Gea wrote on his shirt: “A hug and all my support. We will never forget you. Forza Chape.”

It was revealed last month that Barcelona were the only team to help out Chape financially following the plane crash.

Clubs around the world expressed their solidarity with the Brazilians but only Barcelona, Plinio David de Nes Filho said, actually provided financial aid.

David De Gea has donated his international shirt (Photo: xxxxxxxx)
David De Gea’s signature on his shirt (Photo: xxxxxxxx)
Fernando Torres sent in one of his Atletico Madrid shirts (Photo: xxxxxxxx)
Kaka sent an Orlando City shirt (Photo: xxxxxxxx)

“Barcelona was the first team that showed solidarity with us, and for now, it’s the only team that’s helped us financially sending us €250,000 [£216,000],” he told Cadena SER.

Brazilian clubs have, however, loaned them players while various fund-raising matches and schemes have been organised to help them.

Barcelona have also offered to play friendly against Chapecoese in a bid to raise money for them.

“In May we will have the definitive date, which will be between the 18th and 26th of May,” Filho said.

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