Chapecoense, Atletico Mineiro not fined for forfeit - Brazil court
Brazil's superior court for sports justice, (Superior Tribunal de Justiça Desportiva, STJD), said on Monday that they will not apply any economic fines to Chapecoense or Atletico Mineiro for failure to play their final match of the Brazilian league season, the court's media official told Efe News Agency.
The court determined that there will be no sanction from the prosecution because the case is atypical.
The club were on their way to play in the Copa Sudamericana final against Atletico Nacional when the plane they were in crashed near Medellin, Colombia, killing 71 people on board.
STJD media relations director Daniel Lameira told Efe that because 19 players died on the flight, the typical economic fines associated with a forfeit would not apply.
The league's code specifies that clubs who forfeit are subject to fines between $30 and $30,000 dollars. However, if there is reasonable cause for a match to not be played, no fine is assigned and Lameira said that was the case in this weekend's match.
Because of the forfeit, both clubs were assigned a 3-0 loss, as per the league rules. The STJD said that having the Brazil Football Confederation fine the teams "goes against common sense."
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