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Corinthians players donate money to struggling Venezuelan hotel workers

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Players from Brazilian club Corinthians donated money to Venezuelan hotel staffers ahead of their match with Deportivo Lara.

SAO PAULO -- Brazilian club Corinthians donated $3,000 to hotel staffers in Venezuela before their Copa Libertadores match because of the economic crisis in the country.

It was the second instance this week by a club from Brazil.

Corinthians shared a video on their social media channels showing players and directors handing envelopes to hotel staffers in Cabudare, 350 kilometres (220 miles) from the capital of Caracas. Club chairman Andres Sanchez said the donation was "small, but from the heart...

Copa Libertadores to have neutral site one-game final starting in 2019

The Copa Libertadores will mirror the UEFA Champions League in 2019.

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay -- South America's most prestigious club tournament will follow the European model in 2019 and have a single final match at a host city still to be chosen.

The main council of South America's football confederation, CONMEBOL, approved the change on Friday for the next edition of the Copa Libertadores.

Currently, the final of the tournament is played in two legs on Wednesday nights. The 2019 final will be played on a Saturday night.

"More than a match, this will be a great sporting,...

Nacional punished for fans' Chapecoense plane crash taunts

Nacional fans watch their team in action against Chapecoense in the Copa Libertadores.
At least two Nacional fans mocked the plane crash that killed 71 people.

CONMEBOL have fined Nacional and ordered the Uruguayan club to play their next three games behind closed doors after some supporters mocked the plane crash that killed most of Brazilian squad Chapecoense two years ago.

The disciplinary court of the South American governing body announced the sanction and the $80,000 fine late on Monday.

At least two Nacional fans made gestures with their arms imitating a plane crash during Nacional's 1-0 victory at Chapecoense on Jan. 31 in the first leg of a Copa...

Chapecoense knocked out of Copa Libertadores by Nacional

Brazil's Chapecoense was knocked out by Uruguay's Nacional in the Copa Libertadores.

MONTEVIDEO -- Brazil's Chapecoense have been knocked out of the prestigious Copa Libertadores after a surprising qualification for the South American cup last year.

The Brazilians lost to Uruguay's Nacional 1-0 on Wednesday, the same score of the first leg in the pre-group match.

Chapecoense qualified for the tournament only one year after they lost 19 players in an air crash in Colombia in November 2016.

Nacional's goals in both matches were scored by Santiago Romero. The Uruguayan club will play...

Chapecoense want Nacional expelled from Copa Lib for fan behaviour

On August 7th, Chapecoense's Alan Ruschel played in his first game since the tragic plane crash in November 2016.

ASUNCION, Paraguay -- Brazilian football club Chapecoense have asked South America's football governing body to expel Uruguayan club Nacional from the Copa Libertadores after some of their fans mocked the plane crash that killed most of the Chapecoense squad two years ago.

Chapecoense said Friday they asked CONMEBOL to postpone the teams' second-leg match on Wednesday if it can't make a ruling on their request by then. The request is based on tournament rules set by CONMEBOL that make clubs responsible...