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3 years on from tragedy, Chapecoense are sadly relegated

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Three years on from the tragic aeroplane crash that killed almost all the Chapecoense team, they have been sadly relegated from Brazil’s top division.

Only one day shy of the third anniversary of the tragic plane crash that claimed the lives of virtually the entire team, Chapecoense was relegated from top-flight football.

Chapecoense was promoted to the first division six years ago, in what was seen as a fairy tale of football.

However, three years ago, that fairy tale turned into a nightmare, when the team plane crashed.

They were on the way to Colombia for the Copa Sudamericana final.

The crash killed 71 of the 77 people on board.

The club’s relegation led the manager Marquinhos Santos to reflect on the sombre turn of events, and offer his apologies to the fans.

In an interview reported by AS, he believes the writing had been on the wall, but that the club can and will recover.

He said:

“It’s sad. It’s a situation brought about by many games.”

“I have to apologize to the fans.”

“The people who work here are good professionals.”

” It’s a reconstruction of the true Chapecoense – that’s the feeling I have. “

“I’m sure Chapecoense will return to the national stage much stronger.”