Nacional probed after fans mock Chapecoense plane crash

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ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) South America’s soccer governing body has opened a disciplinary procedure against Uruguayan club Nacional after a group of its fans mocked the plane crash that killed members of Brazilian soccer club Chapecoense two years ago.

CONMEBOL said Friday the probe was launched due to “offensive behaviors that are an attack on human dignity.”

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Nacional apologized to the Brazilian team in a statement and said it would launch its own investigation to ensure those “responsible get the most severe sanctions.”

A video broadcast by Brazil’s Globoesporte website shows two Nacional fans laughing and making gestures with their arms imitating a plane crash.

They were filmed during Nacional’s 1-0 victory at Chapecoense on Wednesday in a qualifying round in the Copa Libertadores.

The Chapecoense flight crashed in November 2016 in Colombia, killing 71 people, including nearly all members of the Chapecoense squad.

The modest Brazilian club was traveling to play in its first ever international final.