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Gabriel Paulista pays tearful tribute to Chapecoense plane crash victims

Gabriel pays tearful tribute to Chapecoense plane crash victims
By Eurosport

01/12/2016 at 21:17

Gabriel Paulista has paid an emotional tribute to the victims of the Colombia plane crash which claimed the lives of 71 people, including Chapecoense footballers, staff and journalists.

A minute’s silence was held before Arsenal’s League Cup match against Southampton on Wednesday evening, with Gabriel holding up a 'Força Chape' banner.

In a tearful video after the game, the Brazilian defender remembered the victims, including Chapecoense coach Caio Junior, who he worked with at Vitoria.

"The minimum I can do is send my condolences to all their families and wish that they carry on," he said.

"I know it’s not easy to lose a member of the family. I know it from experience. I’ve lost a brother myself and I know how painful it is.

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"We have a message group from Brazil and I texted them to say 'don't leave for tomorrow what you can do for today'.

"I say that because on my last birthday I felt this urge to talk to Caio Junior and for some reason I left it for another day and then this tragedy happens.

" So if you think you want to do something just get out of there and do it because we don't know what tomorrow brings."
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