Chapecoense players line up for a group picture before the Sudamericana Cup semi-finals.
Chapecoense players line up for a group picture before the Sudamericana Cup semi-finals. MARCIO CUNHA

Brazilian side awarded title after plane tragedy

FOOTBALL: The South American football confederation has awarded the Copa Sudamericana to Chapecoense, the Brazilian club that lost 19 of its players in last week's plane crash in Colombia.

The team was on its way to Medellin to take on Atletico Nacional in the final of South America's secondary international club competition when the plane crashed, killing 71 of the 77 people on board.

The Colombian side asked CONMEBOL to award the title to its rival as a mark of respect.

The confederation said the title was awarded as a "homage to the victims of the fatal crash that leaves our sport in mourning”.

Atletico Nacional was given a fair play award for its actions.

Chapecoense, which is expected to field a team next season using players loaned by other clubs, also qualifies automatically for next year's Copa Libertadores, South America's top international club tournament.


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