Brazilian Soccer Team Players Who Survived Plane Crash, Are Fined


UPDATE 12/12/16, 10:10 pm EST:  Multiple news sources have reported that the fine has now been waived.

From NY Daily News:

ESPN Deportes reported Monday that both Chapecoense and Atletico Mineiro were fined 100,000 Reais ($29,847) by the Brazilian Football Confederation for not playing in the final game of the season Sunday. But the Spanish-language outlet Diario AS reports that the Brazilian Court of Sports Justice said that neither team would face financial penalties for not playing in the match.

Marco Polo Del Nero, the head of the Brazilian Football Confederation, had ordered Chapecoeense to play in the final, ordering the club to call up players from its junior ranks to field a full side. Del Nero relented after Mineiro’s president, Daniel Nepomuceno, convinced him that the match didn’t need to be played.

ORIGINAL STORY:  The few surviving members of the Brazilian soccer team that were involved in the recent plane crash in Colombia have been fined $30,000 for missing their final match of the season, according to the New York Post.

Defender Alan Luciano Ruschel, reserve goalie Jackson Ragnar Follmann, and center-back Helio Hermito Zampier Neto from the Chapecoense team were hit with the fine after a Superior Court of Justice decided to penalize the team for missing the final game on December 1st, which was canceled due to the tragic accident.  

According to The Daily Mail, the plane ran out of fuel because takeoff was delayed from Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia in order for the crew to search for a player’s video game.


Pilot, Miguel Quiroga – Photo Credit: (Facebook)

The captain of the plane had planned to stop to refuel but the nearby airport did not operate after midnight.

According to the Metro newspaper Defense Minister Reymi Ferreira said, “This was definitely no accident. This was a homicide. What happened in Medellin was murder.”

“Obviously, if the pilot had complied with the regulation, which is to land in Cobija or Bogota (Colombia), or had at least declared an emergency from the beginning before he was about to have an accident, it’s possible this tragedy would not have happened,” he said.

According to officials, the pilot disregarded well-known international rules on fuel reserves.

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