Brazil’s top-flight football teams offered to loan players to Chapecoense for next season after the small southern club lost almost all their players in a plane crash in Colombia.
The teams also asked the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) on Tuesday to give Chapecoense a three-year exemption from relegation – the process through which teams are assigned to a lower classification if they do not perform well.
Directors of Coritiba, Corinthians, Palmeiras, Portuguesa, Santos and Sao Paulo have all pledged to help Chapecoense out with players, and have petitioned to the Brazilian FA to make sure the club are not relegated from the top flight.
The directors said: “We are sad, we sympathise with this tragedy, but we shall help.
“Working together, we, club presidents of Brazilian football, wait for the club’s return to compete in the highest competition of Brazilian football.
“We are willing to talk to other clubs to develop a project to loan them good level players so they can compete in the 2017 competition.”
“It is the minimum gesture of solidarity that is within our reach at this point in time but it is borne of the sincerest desire to reconstruct this institution and that part of Brazilian football that was lost today,” the statement said.
The CBF did not immediately respond to the offer. The final on Wednesday was cancelled and all games scheduled for the upcoming week in Brazil were postponed.