The Brazilian team whose members (except three) were killed in last week’s airplane crash has been declared 2016 Copa Sudamericana champions
The announcement came from South America’s football governing body CONMEBOL who also recognized their would-be opponents Atletico Nacional with a “Fair Play” award.
Medellin’s Atletico Nacional, which Chapecoense was scheduled to play , had made the request, and
Chapecoense will be given the $2m (£1.57m) in prize money while Atletico Nacional will receive $1m (£787,000).
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The small Brazilian city of Chapeco held a massive funeral on Saturday after the victims’ coffins arrived home, each draped in the club’s green and white flag. While 13,000 people have applied to become club members in the just two days.