A month since a tragic plane crash claimed the lives of most of its players, an online sale of 2,500 Chapecoense jerseys has collected US$305,000 for the Brazilian soccer club.
The price of Chapecoense jerseys increased significantly following the Nov. 28 plane crash in Colombia, where the small club was en route to their first ever South American Cup final. The South American Football Confederation, or CONMEBOL, decided to award the 2016 Copa Sudamericana to the Brazilian club.
In stores, jerseys are sold at an average price of US$80, but the online edition sold for US$140.
A total of 71 people, including 19 players of the Brazilian first division team, were killed when a plane crashed shortly before it was scheduled to land in Medellin, Colombia.
Only six people survived the crash, among them three players of the Brazilian club. The tragedy shocked the soccer world and left Brazil in mourning.
Tens of thousands of fans gathered outside the stadium of the club to honor those who tragically lost their lives. Media broadcasted emotional scenes of attendees crying and chanting football hymns.
Authorities determined that the flight was overloaded and under fueled at the time of the crash. Bolivia has arrested the CEO of LaMia, the airline involved in the crash.