Copa Libertadores: Uruguayan club fined $80,000 and has fans banned after taunting Chapecoense about plane crash

Jack Austin
The Independent
Uruguayan club fined $80,000 and has fans banned after taunting Chapecoense about plane crash
Uruguayan club fined $80,000 and has fans banned after taunting Chapecoense about plane crash

Uruguayan club Nacional have been fined £57,500 ($80,000) and had their fans banned for three games after some supporters taunted Chapecoense about the tragic plane crash that claimed the lives of 19 players and staff.

The fans of Nacional made the gestures referring to the 2016 crash involving the Brazilian side during a Copa Libertadores match in January of this year.

Nacional condemned the actions of some of their fans and called the incident “horrendous” and brought a “deep sense of shame” to the club.

“Unfortunately, many sick minds channel their irrationality to sporting scenarios,” Nacional said in a statement shortly after the incident on 31 January.

Nacional won the two-legged tie 2-0 on aggregate in the second stage of Copa Libertadores qualifying.

Chapecoense were due to play in the final of the Copa Sudamericana in November 2016 when their plane crashed when approaching Medellin, killing 71 people.

The Sudamericana was handed to the three surviving members of the team at the request of Colombian opponents Atletico Nacional.

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