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Chapecoense cruelly fined for failing to play Atletico Mineiro

Chapecoense cruelly fined for failing to play Atletico Mineiro

- Chapecoense's lack of forst team players did not stop a court from fining the side for failing to play a league match

- Nineteen players from the Brazilian club were among 71 killed in a plane crash earlier this month

- Chapecoense, declared 2016 Copa Sudamerica winners were fined €28,300 by the Superior Court of Justice

Brazilian side Chapecoense have been fined €28,300 after failing to play their final fixture of the season against Atletico Mineiro.

The club is short of first team players after nineteen players from the Brazilian club were among 71 killed in a plane crash earlier this month.

Chapecoense cruelly fined for failing to play Atletico Mineiro

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The team was travelling to their Copa Sudamericana final match against Colombian side Atletico Nacional when the crash happened.

Just three of the team - defender Alan Luciano Ruschel, reserve goalkeeper Jackson Ragnar Follmann and centre-back Helio Hermito Zampier Neto - were named among only six survivors of the accident.

The fixture which would be last of the Brazilian championship this season would have been played on December 1, but it was agreed the match against Mineiro would not go ahead as a result of the tragedy.

According to the Mirror UK, Miniero had booked their place in the first phase of the Copa Libertadores, so a 3-0 reverse was recorded for both clubs.

However, the Superior Court of Justice has decided to punish both clubs for failing to fulfil the fixture with the huge fined handed out to both clubs.

Recall that Chapecoense have been named the 2016 Copa Sudamericana champions (the South American equivalent of the Europa League) after most of their team died.

South American football confederation Conmebol came to an agreement with Colombian opponents Atletico Nacional, who asked for Chapecoense to be awarded the trophy.

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