Atletico Nacional has asked for that CONMEBOL give the 2016 Copa Sudamericana to Chapecoense taking after a fatal plane crash that happened late Monday night. The plane was conveying the Chapecoense group on their approach to Colombia for the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana last against Atletico Nacional, planned for November 30.
Colombian officials said 75 people were killed and just six survived, per the Associated Press.
Rather than play the last in the wake of the catastrophe, Atletico Nacional asked CONMEBOL – the South American soccer confederation that puts on the competition – to give the title to the grieving team.
“After worrying about the human aspect, we thought about the competitive aspect, and we want to publish this statement in which Atletico Nacional asks CONMEBOL to present the title for the Copa Sudamericana to Chapecoense to honor their big loss and as a posthumous honor to the victims of the fatal accident that our sport mourns,” the group said in a statement.
In the immediate fallout, CONMEBOL suspended all exercises, including the two legs of the last. What CONMEBOL chooses to do stays to be seen. However, Atletico Nacional said, “For our part, and forever, Chapecoense [is] the Champion of the Copa Sudamericana 2016.”