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Football: Sudamericana title given to plane crash team

Football: Sudamericana title given to plane crash team

ASUNCION (AFP) - South American football confederation Conmebol agreed Monday (Dec 5) to award the Copa Sudamericana to Brazilian club Chapecoense, whose team was wiped out in a plane crash while heading to the final. "Conmebol awards the title for the 2016 Copa Sudamericana championship to Chapecoense," including the US$2 million (S$2.8 million) in prize money, the confederation said in a statement. The unsung club was having a fairy tale season until the charter plane flying it to the biggest match in its history ran out of fuel and smashed into the mountains in northwestern Colombia a week ago, killing 71 people. The side was heading to play the first leg of the final against Colombian club Atletico Nacional in the city of Medellin. Nacional responded to the crash by calling for Chapecoense to be granted the Copa Sudamericana, the second highest club football title in S...

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