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Chapecoense honoured with Copa Sudamericana title

The whole football world has mourned for stricken club Chapecoense. Credit: PA

Tragic Brazilian club Chapecoense have been crowned winners of the Copa Sudamericana after their plane crashed while travelling to the final.

The jet carrying the Chapecoense team, along with club officials and journalists, to Medellin for the final against Colombian side Atletico Nacional came down late last Monday, killing 71 people including 19 players.

And the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) has declared them Copa Sudamericana champions 2016.

The gesture comes after Nacional asked CONMEBOL to award the title to Chapecoense in tribute to the victims of the crash.

The governing body also announced it has awarded Nacional the Centennial CONMEBOL Fair Play award, consisting of USD one million (£785,000) .

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Stand-in Irish Olympic president has passport seized

The stand-in president of the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) is among those to have his passport seized by police in Rio, Reuters reports citing a police source.

Fans queue for tickets to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Credit: Reuters

Willie O'Brien temporarily stood in for Patrick Hickey, who has been arrested and detained in Brazil as police investigate an alleged illegal ticketing scam.

But it was reported today that he was among six to have their passports seized as part of the probe, along with three others who have been named as Kevin Kilty, Dermot Henihan and Stephen Martin.

In a statement, the OCI said police had found an allocation of unused Rio 2016 tickets in a raid on their offices in Rio in the early hours of Sunday morning.

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