Early in the morning, the world was shaken once again by terrible soccer-related news, as a Flamengo youth training center in Urubu burst into flames, with 10 youngsters being killed by the accident.
Rodolfo Landim, Flamengo’s president, addressed the situation and vowed to work closely with the authorities in order to find the cause of such unfortunate accident, stating that it was the worst tragedy in the history of the club.
The president also promised to offer full support to the families of the 10 players whose lives were claimed by the fire. Sadly, most of their identities are yet to be confirmed by the authorities.
“This is certainly the worst tragedy that this club has gone through in our 123 years with the loss of these 10 people. The most important thing now is to dedicate ourselves to trying to minimize the suffering and pain of these families, who are certainly suffering a lot. Nobody but us is more interested in knowing the cause of the fire, we are collaborating with the authorities to determine that. Lastly, I want to say that all of us in the club are in mourning. It is an enormous sadness that we are feeling. It’s not easy to talk to you”, Landim told Global News.
The fire claimed the lives of 6 players and 4 staff members, with 3 more of them suffering injuries. Also, the state of Rio de Janeiro declared a 3 day mourning period in honor of the victims.
Naturally, Flamengo’s upcoming derby against Fluminense has also been postponed until February 14 in the wake of such an unfortunate tragedy.