Brazilian clubs have offered Chapecoense, which lost its team in a plane crash on Monday, players for free. Corinthians, Santos and Palmeiras have signified their willingness to send players on free loan to the club. In a statement, they proposed that the team be exempted from relegation for the next three seasons.
Chapecoense lost majority of its players and officials in a plane which crashed in the hills in Cerro Gordo in Colombia. The team had been traveling to play in the Copa Sudamericana final before disaster struck.
“Though we are aware of the irreparable damage caused by this terrible event, the clubs understand that now is the moment for unity, support and assistance for Chapecoense,” the statement read.
“In this regard, the clubs announce solidarity measures towards Chapecoense, which will consist of, among other things:
“(I) Free loan players for the 2017 season;
“(II) A formal request to the Brazilian Football Confederation for Chapecoense not to be subject to relegation to Serie B of the Brazilian championship for the next three seasons. If Chapecoense finish the championship in the bottom four, the team in 16th place would be relegated.
“This is the minimum gesture of solidarity that is at our disposal at present, but it is endowed with the most sincere objective of reconstructing this institution of Brazilian football, which has been lost,” the statement read.