The Colombian club of Atletico Nacional, which was to face Chapecoense in the Copa Sudamericana final, paid a vibrant tribute Wednesday to members of the Brazilian club who died in the crash of the plane that was to take them to Medellin for this meeting. Atlético invited his fans to come to the stadium at the scheduled time of the match, at the end of the day, dressed in white and with candles. 30,000 people traveled for the occasion, singing at the unity “Vamo Chape”. “A new family was born,” one of the many banners read. “Our heart is tight … what we are saying here will not fill the void left by these men,” said Nacional coach Reinaldo Rueda.
The club asked Conmebol, the South American confederation, for the Copa Sudamericana to be automatically awarded to Chapecoense. In Brazil, several major clubs, including Palmeiras, Fluminense and Botafogo, have announced that they will lend some of their players to the Chapecoense for the 2017 season free of charge.