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Official: Chapecoense Crowned Champions of Copa Sudamericana

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CONMEBOL has made official the crowning of Chapecoense as champions of Copa Sudamericana 2016

Luque, Paraguay – Chapecoense, the team who lost 19 of their playing squad in the Colombia plane crash, has been posthumously crowned Copa Sudamericana champions, the South American Soccer Confederation (CONMEBOL) confirmed.

“The South American Confederation of Football confirms that the Council of CONMEBOL, as the permament authority reposnbile for enforcing the Institutions Statutes, has decided to declare Associação Chapecoense de Futebol champion of the 2016 edition of the Copa Sudamericana, as well as granting Atletico Nacional the extraordinary recognition of the “Centennial CONMEBOLto Fair Play” award.”

Atletico Nacional, who were due to play Chapecoense in the first leg of their final the day after the plane crash, had asked the South American Football Federation (CONMEBOL) if the Brazilian club could be made honorary champions.

71 people died when a chartered plane carrying members of the Brazilian team crashed into the Medellin mountains after running out of fuel.

Over 100,000 mourners gathered at the club’s stadium on Saturday to pay their respects to the 19 players who lost their lives in the crash.

Clubs across Europe paid their own tributes to the players who were killed in the disaster, with minute silences being observed throughout the Premier League.

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