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Internacional Fans Burn Shirts After Vice-President’s Insensitive Remarks Comparing Relegation To Chapecoense Tragedy

The insensitive statement from Internacional vide-president Fernando Carvalho comparing the clubs relegation battle with tragedy has sparked a huge controversy.

Fans of Internacional could not believe when they heard Carvalho’s statement and responded by burning the clubs jersey.Internacional

The tragic plane crash saw 71 people die including 19 first-team players of the Brazilian club Chapecoense.

Earlier Fernando Carvalho had complained about the football federations decision to postpone the next round of fixtures in the top flight of Brazilian football.

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The remains of those who died in the tragic plane crash. (courtesy – @twitter)

After the decision was announced he had said, “We have our own private tragedy, which is relegation.”

“This postponement of the final round will definitely be prejudicial.”

“This is not the time to comment, but this postponement will certainly bring some embarrassment, which we will have to comment on later.”

However, fans of the club took the offense with the statement and started protests – including burning of the club kit.

Meanwhile, Vitoria forward Marinho paid heartfelt condolences to the victims and their families on Instagram.

Marinho was close friends with many of the fallen heroes of Chapecoense.

He wrote, “It doesn’t feel real that I am talking about all those who have gone. A life of dreams, plans and all of this remains difficult to believe.”4

“I sleep and wake up trying to believe that all this is a nightmare that is going to stop!”

“And there are people talking about the championship? Spare me the ignorance!”

“For me it’s over. The lives of so many people have ended and families are suffering.”

“Yet many ask about football, and if this prejudices their club.”

“It’s hard to see this type of comment when all I want today is for them to come back, for the families to be happy and healthy again!”

2:36 da manhã!! Tentando levar a vida normal, mais meu coração não aguenta sentir tanta dor, não era de sangue essa irmandade, mais era verdadeira, meu conterrâneo um amigo, um irmão!! Escutando áudios teu e imaginando que tu não se foi, me falou dos teus sonhos e que estava nas mãos de Deus!! Não acredito como tantas pessoas do bem se foram!! Dener, mlk Josimar, Thiaguinho, Biteco nossa era a maioria amigos, kempes levou teu filho pra tirar foto comigo, pois seu filho adorava eu e minhas frases!! Sabia não!! Parece até mentira que estou falando sobre vocês que partiram!! A vida cheia de sonhos, planos e tudo isso ficou, difícil de acreditar, dormi e acorda tentando achar que isso é um pesadelo que vai acabar!! E tem gente ainda que falou de campeonato?? Aff me poupe ignorantes!! Por mim que acabe, a vida de muitas pessoas acabou e famílias sofrendo, enquanto muitos pergunta de futebol e que isso prejudicou o clube, duro ver e ler esse tipo de comentário, o que queria hoje era eles de volta, era as famílias felizes com o retorno de todos bem e com saúde!! Mais é duro ouvir que não vão voltar!! Meu irmão Estarei aqui orando pela tua família que deus venha conforta a tua e dos meninos!! “Arthur Maia” Alagoano como eu e um amigo e irmão que a vida me tomou!! Aos outros amigos meu que partiram, Eu estou orando pela vida de vocês e de toda família!! Olhar fotos e ouvir áudio” só faz o coração ficar ferido e é assim que me sinto” até quando vai essa tristeza!! ??

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Carvalho has since apologized for the insensitive remarks, “I’d like to apologise for the incorrect comments I made in my interview with Pampa, Record and SBT.”

“It was never my intention to compare the devastating tragedy of Chapecoense, an institution which I hold in the highest esteem, to the situation of Internacional in the Brazilian Championship.”Chapecoense

“It was certainly a huge mistake of mine to use the word ‘tragedy’ to refer to our case.”

“Internacional reaffirms its commitment to the legal and moral foundations of the competition, which gives results on the pitch the respect they deserve, whether unfavourable, like our recent ones, or the immense achievements of our history.”

“Wherever our next results take us, Internacional will walk away with invariable dignity.”

Internacional president also stepped forward and advocated the decision to postpone the final match-day fixture.

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