Chapecoense is awarded Copa Sudamericana

  • Reuters, Monday, December 5, 2016 7:37 PM
Conmebol, South American soccer's governing body, awarded the 2016 Copa Sudamericana to Brazil's Chapecoense club on Monday after most of the team died in a plane crash in Colombia a week earlier.

Colombia's Atletico Nacional, which was scheduled to host Chapecoense in Wednesday's first leg, asked for the trophy to be awarded to the Brazilian team to honor the victims.

The crash en route to the final killed 71 passengers and crew, including 19 players. Three other players were among six survivors.

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