Neto, plane crash survivor, announces retirement 3 years after accident

Neto, plane crash survivor, announces retirement 3 years after accident

Chapecoense defender Hélio Hermito Zampier Neto has retired from active football 3 years after an ill-fated crash which claimed 71 lives.

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The 34-year-old, who spent about two weeks in the hospital after the tragedy, was one of six survivors of the LaMia Airlines Flight 2933 crash in Colombia on 28 November, 2016.

According to the Mirror, the football star was diagnosed with life-threatening injuries during the crash three years ago.

It can be recalled that the Chapecoense team was travelling to Colombia to face Atletico Nacional in the Copa Sudamericana final before meeting their untimely deaths.

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About five months after the crash, Neto was named in the matchday squad for the first time in his side's Copa Libertadores tie in March 2017.

However, the Brazilian has decided to call time on his playing career due to pains from the crash three years back, Briefly.co.za gathered.

"My body couldn't take it any more," Neto told Globo Esporte. "I talked to the doctors and soon there will be an official statement from the club.

"Apparently there was no pain in my daily life, but in high-level training, the body could not stand the knee and back pain, which saddened me most in the end and took me off the field.

"It was already in line with the doctors and the club. I wanted to say goodbye, a game, but I chose not to. I was invited to join the last minute against CSA, but I did not."

He added: "Of course I have a fondness for the fans and it would be a gift to the fans, but life is a gift. I had a great intention of being on the field for a minute or 10, whatever."

Chapecoense were however handed the Copa Sudamericana title by the CONMEBOL on request from Atletico Nacional on 5 December, 2016.

In return, the South American football body presented the Colombian team with a fair play award for their gesture.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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