Chapecoense awarded Copa Sudamericana title one week after devastating plane crash

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South American soccer’s governing body awarded Brazilian club Chapecoense the Copa Sudamericana title one week after a tragic plane crash killed 19 members of the team while en route to play the tournament final.

In a statement released Monday, CONMEBOL called awarding the title to Chapacoense “a posthumous homage to the victims of the fatal crash that leaves our sport in mourning.”

The decision was endorsed by Atletico Nacional, the Colombian side that Chapecoense was supposed to play for the Copa Sudamericana trophy.  Read more…

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Soccer fans pay tribute on Facebook to Brazil’s top team involved in plane crash

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Fans of Brazil’s top football club Chapecoense are flooding the team’s Facebook page with tributes and prayers for the players who were involved in a plane crash in Cerro Gordo, Colombia. 

The plane, which was carrying 81 people including 22 players from the team, lost contact with ground controllers around midnight and reportedly attempted a forced landing. 

Airport authorities state 72 passengers from Chapecoense football team and 9 crew onboard #LMI2933https://t.co/ayIDZCJVZs pic.twitter.com/HwgVWg5e9w

— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) November 29, 2016

Chapecoense was due to play in the final of the Copa Sudamericana, against Medellin team Atletico Nacional. Read more…

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