Synonymous to the gesture made by Liverpool and Nottingham Forest in the wake of the Busby Babes tragedy, top clubs in Brazil have offered to loan players to Chapecoense for free following the tragedy that has rocked the club.
At least 70 persons lost their lives in the tragic air incident, after a flight carrying members of the first team and some journalists crashed in Colombia.
Brasileirao clubs, including Corinthians, Santos and newly crowned champions Palmeiras, published a statement of solidarity on Tuesday in which they offered to provide players to Chape and called for them to be made exempt from relegation for the next three seasons.
“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.”