Sunday 24 September 2017

Chapecoense opponents ask for title to be given to the grief-stricken Brazilian club

Rescue workers carry the bodies of victims of an airplane that crashed in a mountainous area outside Medellin, Colombia. The plane was carrying the Brazilian first division soccer club Chapecoense team that was on it's way for a Copa Sudamericana final match against Colombia's Atletico Nacional. (AP Photo/Luis Benavides)
Rescue workers carry the bodies of victims of an airplane that crashed in a mountainous area outside Medellin, Colombia. The plane was carrying the Brazilian first division soccer club Chapecoense team that was on it's way for a Copa Sudamericana final match against Colombia's Atletico Nacional. (AP Photo/Luis Benavides)

Copa Sudamericana finalists Atletico Nacional of Colombia have asked tournament organisers to award the trophy to Chapecoense after the plane carrying the team crashed outside Medellin.

A charter plane carrying the Chapecoense team and their support staff, crashed in a mountainous area last night, killing 76 people

The two teams were due to clash in the first leg of the final on Wednesday evening.

Atletico Nacional joined in the chorus of tributes from right around the world with a tweet that read: “They came for a dream, they depart as legends”.

It is understood that they have asked the organisers CONMEBOL to award the tournament to the grieving Brazilian club.

There are understood to be just five survivors with players, mentors, club officials and journalists among the dead.

The world of football has been reacting to the awful events:

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