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​Barcelona invite Chapecoense to friendly at Nou Camp

Barcelona have invited Brazilian side Chapecoense to play a friendly at the Nou Camp next August as a tribute to the victims of the air crash that all but wiped out the Brazilian team last month.

"FC Barcelona want to pay homage to the 71 people that died in the accident and to their families so it is working on making the 2017 edition of the Joan Gamper Trophy a homage on behalf of the world of football to all of them," said a club statement.

The Joan Gamper Trophy is Barcelona's traditional curtain raiser, taking place each year at the Nou Camp a week before the start of the La Liga season between Barca and an invited team.

Nineteen Chapecoense players were killed in the plane crash in Colombia as the team were travelling to the first leg of the final of the Copa Sudamericana against Atletico Nacional, along with directors and their coaching staff and journalists.

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