Despite receiving a goodwill offer of three years immunity from relegation in the aftermath of the plane crash that killed 19 of their players, Chapecoense are set to reject the proposal, with their acting President Ivan Tozzo calling it a "great bullshit".
The plan put forward by several teams in the Brazilian top flight would have meant that, in the event that Verdão finish in one of the four relegation spots, they would have been saved from the drop, with the club finishing fifth bottom taking their place, instead.
Brazilian clubs announce they will loan players to Chapecoense without fees and that they are exempt from relegation for 3 years.:clap: pic.twitter.com/xzPwk83SiJ- TheSPORTbible (@TSBible) November 29, 2016
This immunity from relegation isn't something Chape seem to be interested in, as Tozzo revealed in an interview with Globoesporte though and in any event, would be unnecessary this season as Chape currently sit in eighth place and are in no danger of being relegated. The plan was also not something the Brazilian FA, the CBF were particularly keen on implementing, either.
"CONMEBOL have declared Chapecoense as champion of the Copa Sudamerican." - Chapecoense president Ivan Tozzo. pic.twitter.com/Wx7Xd0YwBa- TheSPORTbible (@TSBible) December 4, 2016
Yesterday, CONMEBOL announced that Chape have been awarded this season's Copa Sudamerica title, which they would have contested against Atletico Nacional had it not been for the tragedy that befell the club last week. They will now compete in next season's Copa Libertadores as a result.
(H/T 101 Great Goals )