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Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - There is a series of commercials on a national sports channel that asks the rhetorical question “It’s only football?”. This reflects the concept that, for some people, football match results shouldn’t matter, because, after all, football is just a game, not real life.

Real life, however, impinged upon football last week, when the airplane carrying the team from Chapecó, Santa Catarina, on its way to a first leg South American . . .

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