Fans pay emotional tribute to Sala, one year after her death


Nantes followers paid emotional tribute to Emiliano Sala earlier than Sunday's dwelling sport towards Bordeaux, a year after the Argentinian striker's death in a aircraft crash that rocked the world of soccer.

Sala died after the single-engine aircraft transporting him from Nantes to his new Cardiff membership crashed close to the Channel Island of Guernsey on January 21 of final year. Her physique was recovered from the wreckage two weeks later. He was 28 years previous and started his first years as a striker. The pilot, David Ibbotson, additionally died.

A large picture of Sala was displayed on the central circle earlier than the French championship match on the Stade de la Beaujoire and pictures of him enjoying within the conventional yellow and inexperienced of Nantes had been proven on an enormous display screen with smooth background music . Fans watched in respectful silence, some brandishing jerseys with the title Sala on the again.

The followers then sang "Emiliano Sala, Emiliano, Emiliano, Emiliano Sala" and cheered till the refrain. Just earlier than kick-off, a minute of applause occurred whereas an enormous picture of Sala's face was displayed on the display screen.

After 9 minutes of Sunday's sport, the gang chanted Sala's title at size. Sala wore the n ° 9 jersey for Nantes with nice pleasure, and the quantity has since been withdrawn by the membership.

The Nantes gamers wore a particular blue and white jersey within the colours of the Argentine nationwide workforce for the match towards Bordeaux, the membership the place Sala started his profession after coming to France 10 years in the past after having carried out effectively at Proyecto Crecer Youth Academy in San Francisco, Argentina.

Nantes has declared that the income from the sale of the blue and white commemorative outfit will probably be allotted to the previous golf equipment of Sala in Argentina.

The match was 0-Zero at halftime.

It was in Nantes the place Sala made a reputation for himself, scoring 48 targets in 133 video games and turning into a fan favourite due to his laborious work and selflessness.

His towering stature, head prowess and talent to come again to purpose prompted Cardiff – who was then within the Premier League – to agree on a membership report of 17 million euros (19.Three million {dollars}) to signal it.

A number of hours earlier than the aircraft crash, FIFA had obtained a web-based doc from the Welsh soccer federation to full the switch of the participant's registration from France.

Since Sala's death, Nantes and Cardiff have been concerned in a dispute over the fee of switch charges. Last year Cardiff filed a lawsuit to quash a FIFA order that it pay Nantes a primary fee of 6 million euros ($ 6.7 million) for Sala . FIFA dominated in favor of Nantes and warned Cardiff that it will face a ban on the switch of three negotiation home windows if it refused to pay when the matter was closed.


Karl Toko Ekambi scored when he made his Lyon debut in a 3-Zero dwelling victory over final place from Toulouse.

The Cameroonian striker, who joined the Spanish workforce from Villarreal, accomplished the rating within the 77th whereas Lyon maintained their unbeaten begin till 2020.

Maxwell Cornet opened the scoring for Lyon within the 29th and striker Moussa Dembélé added the second within the 71st.

Lyon, which reached the ultimate of the League Cup on Tuesday, briefly climbed to fifth place.


The chief of the League, Paris Saint-Germain, will transfer later to Lille, the place he misplaced 5-1 final season.

A victory would distance the defending PSG champion by 10 factors from second place in Marseille.


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