MEDELIN - Atletico Nacional have asked that Chapecoense be awarded the Copa Sudamericana title after a plane carrying the Brazilian team crashed on route to Colombia.
The Chapecoense team were travelling to play Atletico Nacional in Medellin, Colombia, in the first leg of their maiden Copa Sudamericana final before an electrical failure caused their plane to crash, killing 71 out of the 77 passengers on board.
Chapecoense were scheduled to play Atletico Nacional on Wednesday this week af beating Cerro Porteno in the semifinals of the Copa Sudamericana.
However a source close to the South American Football Federation said the match was unlikely to played after Atletico Nacional called on the federation to take the unprecedented move of awarding the trophy Chapecoense.
The Colombian club confirmed they had asked CONMEBOL to award the Copa Sudamericana trophy to the Brazilian club in an official statement.
“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 football brothers, Chapecoense, will mark us for life and will leave an indelible mark on Latin-American and world football. All this has been completely unexpected, that's why the pain. They were all footballers, 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.”
Suram, a journalist from Brazil's Radio Grenal FM, said: "The information at the moment is that Atletico nacional will send a request of (governing body) Conmebol for them to declare Chapecoense the legitimate winners of the Cup.
"The gesture would be similar to what happened in 1949, when the Torino team were also killed in a plane crash when it collided with the Superga Basilica in Italy, killing all 31 on board.
"Still on the same day, the other teams in the Italian championship agreed to give the title posthumously to Turin.
"The directors and players of Atletico Nacional have shown unanimity in what they wanted. Chapecoense will be crowned champions, if not tomorrow night when the winner would have been decided, then certainly in the next few days.