The Brazilian club Chapecoense would be awarded the 2016 Copasudamericana trophy, its President has announced, following the tragic plane crash that killed 19 of its first team members as well as officials of the team.
The club were travelling from Brazil to Colombia to meet Atletico Nacional in the final of South America’s second most prestigious continental club competition when their plane crashed in the mountains of Colombia.
The tragedy shocked the world of football and has led to numerous efforts to cushion the blow for the club. Former internationals have offered to play for them for free and measures have been taken by the Brazilian league to protect the club from relegation in the next three years.
Atletico, who were supposed to play Chape in the final, called on the trophy to be awarded to the club, and that decision has now been ratified.
“CONMEBOL have testified that they will crown Chapecoense as champions of the Copa Sudamericana,” Interim President Ivan Tozzo during a memorial for the departed players.
“In addition, the club will receive the two million dollar prize. Everything is confirmed.” he added.