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Nantes to pay homage to Sala a year after striker’s death

Rennes (France) (AFP) – Nantes announced on Sunday that they will pay tribute to their former striker Emiliano Sala at the league match against his first French club, Bordeaux, on January 26.

The 28-year-old player was killed on January 21, 2019, when the small plane taking him to join Cardiff City crashed off the British island of Guernsey. 

The Argentine had been transferred to the Welsh club, in the Premier League at the time, after three-and-half seasons at Nantes.

Sala had arrived in France as a youngster to join Bordeaux, who loaned him out to Orleans, Niort and Caen. He then moved to Nantes where he was the club’s top scorer for three straight seasons.

“Emiliano was a talented player, warm and human. We all miss him,” Nantes said in a statement.

In homage to the player who “dreamed of playing for the Albiceleste”, Nantes will don a jersey inspired by the colours of the Argentine national shirt. Proceeds from sales will go to the two Argentine clubs where Sala played as a youngster. 

A canvas featuring Sala will be laid in the centre circle as the players warm-up and giant screens will display images of his best moments in yellow. 

Groups of fans will spread a giant banner in the stands and sing the song with which they celebrated each of Sala’s goals, before a minute of applause. 

There are still unresolved issues surrounding the player’s death, such as who was responsible for the crash in which pilot David Ibottson also died, and, above all, the payment of the 17-million-euro ($18.85 million) fee agreed for his transfer. 

In September, FIFA, the governing body of world football, ordered Cardiff, relegated last summer to the Championship, to pay the first instalment of 6 million euros. But the Welsh club has taken the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, whose decision is not expected until June. 

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  1. Azer

    January 19, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    Nantes is playing Bordeaux at 11AM ET on Sunday 1/26. If Comcast was available on bein Sports connect I’d log in to see the tribute and watch the game. It’s also available to Fubo TV & Fanatiz. I’m sure there is going be a video posted on YouTube in English. For the viewers in the UK the game is available on BT Sports ESPN. A sad football story indeed.

  2. Inquiring minds

    January 19, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    A sad football story and a total disaster .

    Now, about ” Proceeds from sales will go to the two Argentine clubs where Sala played as a youngster.”, Why would not that be given to his remaining family members?? 🤔

    Brazilian Football Club,
    Chapecoence, was a tragic statistic by individuals being frugal/greedy and risking people’s lives.

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