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Atletico Nacional Wants CONMEBOL To Name Chapecoense Champions of Copa Sudamericana

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Copa Sudamericana

Colombian soccer team Atletico Nacional says Sudamericana cup title should be awarded to Brazil’s Chapecoense team after crash

Medellin, Colombia – Colombian soccer team Atletico Nacional, the team due to play Chapecoense in the Copa Sudamericana final before Monday night’s tragic plane crash that killed 75 people, have asked the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) to award the trophy to the Brazilian club in a touching gesture.

The Colombian club confirmed on Tuesday that they have asked for Chapecoense to be awarded the final victory by default, with CONMEBOL yet to rule on the request.

In a statement titled “Atletico Nacional asks CONMEBOL that the title of Copa Sudamericana be given to Chapecoense”, the club said: “Pain overwhelms our hearts and invades our thinking in mourning. It has been unfortunate hours in which we have been dismayed by news that we never wanted to hear.

“The accident of our soccer brothers, Chapecoense, will mark us for life and will leave an indelible mark on Latin-American and world of soccer. All this has been completely unexpected, that’s why the pain. They were all soccer players, technical staff, journalists and crew, people with many dreams, that’s why the tears.”

“After being very worried about the human part we thought about the competitive aspect and we want to publish this statement in which Atletico Nacional ask Conmebol to give the title of Copa Sudamericana be given to the Chapecoense as an honorary award for this great loss, and in posthumous homage to the victims of the fatal accident that impute our sport. For our part, and forever, Chapecoense are champions of the 2016 Copa Sudamericana.”

The two clubs were due to face-off in a two-leg final over the next week that would decide the winner of the Copa Sudamericana, which is South America’s equivalent of the UEFA Europa League.



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