Sunday was a sad day for football as 12 fans of Barcelona died, while 30 others were injured when a bus carrying them crashed.

Barcelona S.C, Ecuador’s most populous club, has a big fan base in the country.

The bus was heading from the southern city of Cuenca to the coastal city of Guayaquil, where Barcelona is based, after a local tournament game.

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The vehicle apparently ran off the road and flipped around 2130 GMT, Ecuador’s Transit Commission (CTE) said in a statement.

“We received the news of the accident of our fans… with much pain.

“We are making arrangements to quickly get the bodies to give them a Christian burial,” President of Barcelona Sporting Club, former national goalkeeper and World Cup veteran Jose Francisco Cevallos, published the death toll on Twitter.

He also said that a funeral chapel would be set up in the team's stadium to honour those who had died.

Ecuador's football association as well as football clubs across Ecuador expressed their condolences to Barcelona SC.

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