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The South American football confederation, Conmebol, decided on Monday to award the Copa Sudamericana to Chapecoense, the Brazilian club who lost 19 players in a plane crash last week while heading to the final.

The club was enjoying 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 north-west Colombia a week ago, killing 71 people.

The team was heading to play the first leg of the final against Colombian club Atlético Nacional in the city of Medellín. Nacional responded to the crash by calling for Chapecoense to be awarded the Copa Sudamericana, the second highest continental club football title in South America. The confederation said it had heeded Nacional’s request in deciding to hand the title to Chapecoense and granted Nacional its Conmebol Centenary Fair Play award.

The small Brazilian city of Chapeco held a mass funeral on Saturday for its team after the victims’ coffins arrived home, each draped in the club’s green and white flag.

A minute’s silence for the victims was scheduled to be held before every Champions League and Europa League game this week.

About the author

Jade Webster

Jade Webster

Jade Webster has rejoined the Cayman 27 Team as Sports Reporter/ Producer in August 2016. Jade has a background in News and has developed a passion for Sports while covering international Games. Jade was one of 35 Young Reporters selected worldwide to be apart of the Young Reporters Programme by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the Second Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. She was awarded the 'Best IOC Young Reporter', and went on to cover the Second Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lilehammer, Norway. Jade was also selected as a Young Reporter in 2015 to cover the Toronto Pan American Games, where she was awarded a Hockey Stick for her hard-work and dedication. Jade was the Press Officer for the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. She graduated with honors in Broadcast Journalism from the University of South Florida

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