Conflicting reports: Chapecoense not fined for not playing final match
Chapecoense was not fined 100,000 reais—or $29,850—or handed an automatic 3–0 defeat by the Brazilian Football Confederation for not playing their final match against Atletico Mineiro, according to AS.com. ESPN Deportes initially reported that the team would be fined.
The club made the decision not to play just a few days after a charter plane carrying the team crashed in Colombia, killing 71 of 77 people aboard.
It was reported that CBF followed normal protocol with the match, sending a group of referees over to the field to wait 30 minutes for teams to arrive. Neither team showed, and both were given the fine and marked with a 3–0 loss.
CBF head Marco Polo Del Nero had ordered Chapecoense to play their final match using a team made up mostly of junior players before talking to Atletico Mineiro president Daniel Nepomuceno and changing his mind. Nepomuceno called the match insignificant in light of the tragedy.
Chapecoense closed the season with 52 points, in 11th place, and Atletico Mineiro was fourth with 62.