Five of Brazilian football’s top clubs have said they will loan Chapecoense players for three after the horrific plane crash that killed all-but three of their squad.
And directors of Coritiba, Corinthians, Palmeiras, Portuguesa, Santos and São Paulo have put forward a motion to the Brazilian FA that Chapecoense will not be relegated from the top flight for three years.
In a video released, the directors of the well-known Brazilian clubs said: “We are sad, we sympathise with this tragedy, but we shall help.
“Working together, we, club presidents of Brazilian football, wait for the club’s return to compete in the highest competition of Brazilian football.
“We are willing to talk to other clubs to develop a project to loan them good level players so they can compete in the 2017 competition.”
It is now hoped the rest of the league will agree to loan the stricken clubs quality-level players.
Of the 81 people who were on board flight LMI2933, 76 are understood to have lost their lives.
Only a handful of people are thought to have survived what is the biggest air disaster this year.
Chapecoense defender Alan Ruschel, 27, who posted pictures inside the aircraft just moments before it went down, is one of them.
What was meant to have been an monumental moment in the club’s history turned into disaster at around 03:15 GMT on Tuesday.
They were flying to Medellin to face Colombian outfit Atletico Nacional in the final of the Copa Sudamericana – South America’s second-most prestigious cup competition.
It would have marked a meteoric rise for Chapecoense, who were only promoted to Brazil’s top division for the first time in their history in 2014.
The Brazilian First Division team changed its flight at the last minute on its way to a regional final in Colombia.
The club issued a statement shortly after the tragedy, saying: “May God accompany our athletes, officials, journalists and other guests travelling with our delegation.”
A club badge was reportedly found at the scene of the crash in Colombia.
Police confirmed the shocking death toll after hours of mixed reports suggested there had been dozens of survivors.
Treacherous weather conditions severely hampered the rescue operation as ambulances struggled to reach the remote crash site.
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