The outlets cite ESPN Deportes, the Spanish-American channel owned by ESPN, which reported in Spanish that both teams in the scheduled match — Chapecoense and Atlético Mineiro — are being fined 100,000 Reais for not fulfilling their commitment to play the final round of the National league on Sunday.
Hours after the initial story ran, ESPN Deportes told BuzzFeed News it updated the story "according to the latest reports."
But after the crash, Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) stated that they would not fine either teams for not playing. They did, however, postpone the match to December 11 — and on Sunday, the CBF sent referees and game officials to the game as a formality.
Also per formalities, after 30 minutes, the game was declared WO (a "walkover") and the game was officially cancelled.
That's when ESPN Deportes falsely reported that the 100,000 Reais fines were due, despite CBF executives previously stating they will not enforce the fine.