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Rivals put their differences aside to stand as one and pay tribute to Chapecoense

There were several touching gestures displayed in fixtures around the world today.

FIXTURES ACROSS THE Premier League and further afield paid tribute to Brazilian side Chapecoense today, following this weeks tragic plane crash.

Matches saw minutes of silence before kick-off, while players donned black armbands to signify mourning.

Barcelona and Real Madrid put their fierce rivalry aside before El Clasico earlier, as they stood together as one to pay tribute to the victims of the disaster.

Spain Soccer La Liga Source: Manu Fernandez

Brazilian striker Neymar arrived to the Camp Nou with a Chapecoense jersey draped across his shoulder, and he also tweeted a message before the game displaying the jersey alongside his own, translating to “May God bless and protect us”.

Meanwhile in the Premier League, Manchester City wore t-shirts displaying the clubs crest which read “Manchester is with you” on the back as they warmed up for their top-of-the-table clash with Chelsea.

Manchester City v Chelsea - Premier League - Etihad Stadium Source: Martin Rickett

Willian scored in the encounter, and he celebrated with a touching gesture alongside fellow Brazilian David Luiz.

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David Luiz paid further tribute in his post match interview.

"I prefer to give this victory for the people dying in Brazil," he told reporters.

"Because it was a difficult week for us, especially emotionally, I had some friends there. It was difficult to prepare the head to play this kind of game, but now I think we just have to pray for the families.

"It’s difficult at the moment for everybody."

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White Hart Lane, Britannia Stadium and Cardiff City Stadium were among other venues that hosted heartfelt tributes, while Blackburn also stood in solidarity with Chapecoense.

Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City - Premier League - White Hart Lane Source: Adam Davy

Stoke City v Burnley - Premier League - Bet365 Stadium Source: Mike Egerton

Cardiff City v Brighton and Hove Albion - Sky Bet Championship - Cardiff City Stadium Source: PA Wire/PA Images

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