Brazilian clubs offer players to Chapecoense after plane crash

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Chapecoense were due to play in the final of the South American club cup Photo: AFP

Chapecoense were due to play in the final of the South American club cup  Photo: AFP
Chapecoense were due to play in the final of the South American club cup
Photo: AFP
Three of Brazil’s leading clubs have said they will offer players to Chapecoense, after majority of their squad died in a plane crash.

Chapecoense players and officials died when their plane crashed on its approach to Medellin, Colombia.

They were travelling to play in the Copa Sudamericana final first leg, and opponents Atletico Nacional have asked that they be awarded the cup.

Flamengo, Palmeiras and Sao Paulo are the clubs to have offered help.

Deal of the day

Sao Paulo, who have won six national titles, also said they should be exempted from relegation to Brazilian football’s second tier for the next three seasons as they attempt to rebuild the club.

Colombia’s civil aviation body says only six of the 81 people aboard the plane survived the crash, which was blamed on an electrical fault.

At least two of the survivors are footballers. They were confirmed to be defender Alan Ruschel and reserve goalkeeper Jackson Follman.

A statement by Fox Sports Latin America said that six employees from its Brazil operation died in the crash.

In the aftermath of the 1958 Munich air disaster, both Liverpool and Nottingham Forest offered to loan players to Manchester United, and players from non-league Bishop Auckland featured for the Red Devils.

The South American soccer federation cancelled all activities until further notice as a result of the crash.

The team had been due to face Atletico Nacional of Medellin in the first leg of Wednesday’s Sudamericana final, South America’s equivalent of the Europa League.

It was the first time the small club from Chapeco had ever reached the final of a major South American club competition.

However, they were underdogs against a club going for a rare double after winning the Copa Libertadores in July.