Chapecoense plane crash: Brazil football giants offer to loan players

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Chapecoense plane crash: Brazil football giants offer to loan players

Three of Brazil’s leading clubs have said they will offer players to Chapecoense, after the majority of their squad died in a plane crash.

Chapecoense players and officials died when their plane crashed on its approach to Medellin, Colombia.

They were travelling to play in the Copa Sudamericana final first leg, and opponents Atletico Nacional have asked for Chapecoense to be awarded the cup.

Flamengo, Palmeiras and Sao Paulo are the clubs to have offered help.

Sao Paulo, who have won six national titles, also said Chapecoense should be exempt from relegation to Brazilian football’s second tier for the next three seasons as they attempt to rebuild the club.

Six of the 77 people aboard the plane survived the crash, which was blamed on an electrical fault.

Three of the six survivors are footballers:

Defender Alan Ruschel, who has spinal injuries
Defender Helio Zemper, who has injuries to his skull and chest
Reserve goalkeeper Jakson Follman, who has unspecified injuries
A statement by Fox Sports Latin America said that six employees from its Brazil operation died in the crash.

In the aftermath of the 1958 Munich air disaster, both Liverpool and Nottingham Forest offered to loan players to Manchester United, and players from non-league Bishop Auckland featured for the Red Devils.