Chapecoense fined for failing to play after deadly plane crash

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On Nov. 28, 76 people were killed in in a plane crash outside Medellin, Colombia. Nineteen of those who died were members of the Brazilian football team Chapecoense. Only three players survived the crash.

But the Brazilian Football Federation apparently did not deem this a worthy excuse for the team to cancel its match just three days later. The organization has fined Chapecoense and its Dec. 1 scheduled opponent, Atletico Mineiro, approximately €28,000 each for failing to play.

ESPN Deportes reports that Brazil’s Superior Court of Sports Justice levied the fine in accordance Article 203 of the Brazilian Code of Sports Justice. No latitude was given despite the incredibly trying circumstances.

Meanwhile, one of the survivors of the crash hasn’t even been told about it yet. According to the Brazilian news outlet Globo, Helio Hermito Zampier Neto, a 31-year-old defender for Chapecoense, is now talking as he remains hospitalized with serious injuries. He reportedly does not yet know about the crash.

In remarks translated via Google from Globo, Chapecoense’s team doctor Carlos Mendonca addressed why Neto hasn’t yet been told about the accident.

“There is a recommendation from the psychologist not to say yet to avoid an emotional shock that would be detrimental to the current clinical recovery at that time. We are waiting for a more endorsed opinion, which is that of the psychologist,” Mendonca said.