Football team that perished in Colombian plane crash fined $30,000 for missing their final match

  • A court has fined the Chapecoense team $30,000 for failing to show up in their final match in the Brazilian League
  • Nineteen of the players, managers and coaching staff of the team perished in the crash last two weeks earlier
  • The teams’ opponent was also fined and both were penalized with two points each

Two weeks after nearly all of the members of the Brazilian football team Chapecoense perished in a tragic crash last month, the Brazilian Superior Court of Justice has fined the club $30,000 for not turning up in their final match in the Brazilian league.

Nineteen (19) Chapecoense players, team manager and coaching staff died last November 28 after Lamia’s Avro AJ85 aircraft carrying 77 people on board went down in the mountainous area near Rionegro, Colombia, about 22 kilometers from the Medellin airport where it was scheduled to land.

Insufficient fuel has been blamed as the main cause of the crash as it emerged that the flight skipped a refueling schedule along the way.

Only 6 people survived the tragedy; three of them Chapecoense players – Alan Ruschel, Jakson Follman and Zampier Neto.

The team was traveling to Colombia and were supposed to meet Colombia’s Atletico Nacional at the 2016 South American Cup before the accident.

The Atletico Nacional has since forfeited the game and the Chape’s were awarded the Copa Sudamericana trophy last week.

But according to the Mirror, the final round of the separate Brazilian Series A was scheduled last December 1 against the Atletico Mineiro, but the Chapecoense decided not to play the fixture as a result of the tragedy.

Hence, the court fined both teams and penalized two points each for not showing up in their final fixture.

“Their opponents had also booked their place in the first phase of the Copa Libertadores, so a 3-0 reverse was recorded for both clubs,” said Mirror’s Jacob Murtagh in his article dated December 12.