Colombian soccer players request Chapecoense be recognized as Copa Sudamericana winner

Two Chapecoense goalkeepers and a defender are the only team members among the six survivors of the deadly plane crash in Colombia. The Colombian club team Atletico Nacional, which was supposed to play Chapecoense tomorrow, requested that the Brazilian team be recognized as the winner of the Copa Sudamericana. Meanwhile, one of the Chapecoense coach’s sons wrote on Facebook that he was supposed to board the flight but had forgotten his passport.
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Matheus Saroli, the son of Chapecoense coach Caio Junior, was supposed to be on the plane that crashed in Colombia last night (Monday). However, he was not permitted to board the flight because he had forgotten his passport.

In a Facebook post, Saroli told his friends that he, his mother and his brother are fine. He also asked that his family be given a little privacy during this difficult time. “I was at the airport in Sao Paulo today and didn't board the flight because I had forgotten my passport,” he wrote. “We are strong and will get through this.”

Meanwhile, the Colombian club team Atletico Nacional submitted a request today to the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) asking that the organization recognize the Brazilian Chapecoense soccer team as the winner of the Copa Sudamericana. The two teams were supposed to face off in the first leg of the South American Cup Finals tomorrow night. Brazilian President Michel Temer declared three days of national mourning in light of the tragedy.

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The team before take off Photo Credit: Channel 2 News

In addition, new details about the plane involved in the crash are emerging. It was recently revealed that Argentinian soccer star Lionel Messi was on the same plane just 20 days ago when his team flew to play a game in Brazil.  

19 out of the 75 people who were killed in the plane crash were Chapecoense players. JOL News reported earlier today that two of the players recorded themselves in a Snapchat video shortly before the crash. The two players, defender Alan Ruschel and goalkeeper Marcos Danilo Padilha, are among the three surviving players. Two flight crew members and a journalist also survived the crash.

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