Top Brazilian clubs like Palmer’s, Corinthians and Santos have asked for a special measure to be given to Chapecoense after the tragic plane crash killed almost all of their senior-team squad.
The chartered flight carrying the first-team squad, coaching staff and journalists crashed on Tuesday while on it’s to Colombian city of Medellin where the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana was to be played.
Brasileirao clubs including the three heavy-weights like Corinthians, Santos and champions Palmer’s issued a joined statement of solidarity with Chapecoense, while asking the football association to exempt the team from relegation for the next three seasons.
“Though we are aware of the irreparable damage caused by this terrible event, the clubs understand that now is the moment for unity, support and assistance for Chapecoense,” the statement read.
“(I) Free loan players for the 2017 season;
“(II) A formal request to the Brazilian Football Confederation for Chapecoense not to be subject to relegation to Serie B of the Brazilian championship for the next three seasons. If Chapecoense finish the championship in the bottom four, the team in 16th place would be relegated.
“This is the minimum gesture of solidarity that is at our disposal at present, but it is endowed with the most sincere objective of reconstructing this institution of Brazilian football, which has been lost.”