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Nantes dedicate official club website to former striker Emiliano Sala

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Sala had only completed the details of his transfer to Cardiff from Nantes - for a club record £15 million - two days before the crash.

Nantes made a moving tribute to Emiliano Sala after his body was recovered from the English Channel and formally identified.

News of the striker’s death came almost three weeks after his plane crashed en route from Nantes, France, to Cardiff.

Sala had only completed the details of his transfer to Cardiff from Nantes – for a club record £15 million – two days before the crash.

The Ligue 1 side changed their official club website to only show a photo of Sala with the words ‘Noue ne t’oublierons jamais, Emi!’ which translates as “We will never forget you, Emi!”

Nantes changed the landing page of their website to this photo of Emiliano Sala (FC Nantes)

Nantes also retired the number-nine shirt in Sala’s memory.

President Waldemar Kita told the club’s official website: “I do not have the words, it’s a tragedy. I’m devastated, Emiliano left his mark, which is why, like many fans, I want to honour him again by removing the number nine.”

Cardiff also said that the forward will always remain in their thoughts.

The club said in a statement: “We offer our most heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the family of Emiliano. He and David will forever remain in our thoughts.”

Despite not getting the chance to play for Cardiff, several of his new team-mates shared their sadness at the news of his death.

Joe Bennett said simply: “RIP Emiliano”, alongside several heart emojis, while Sol Bamba described the news as “tragic”.

Oumar Niasse tweeted: “‏RIP @EmilianoSala1 Forever in our thoughts”.

Diego Maradona, who was among those to call on authorities not to give up trying to find the footballer, posted a tribute on Instagram.

He told how many had kept a “light of hope” for the footballer, adding: “I send a big hug to your family and friends”.

Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy tweeted an image of Sala, while Paris Saint-Germain footballer Kylian Mbappe wrote simply: “RIP EMI”.

Football clubs across the world also shared messages of tribute, with Barcelona tweeting: “Rest in peace”, while Independiente, the Argentine club Sala supported, posted words of solidarity for the player’s family and friends.

UEFA said: “A sad day. The thoughts and sincere condolences of UEFA and the whole European football family are with the friends and family of Emiliano Sala this morning.”

Argentina’s president Mauricio Macri – who had joined calls for the search for the plane to be resumed after it was called off – also posted on Twitter, sending his condolences to Sala’s family, adding: “We are with you”.

FIFA echoed UEFA’s statement, and said: “FIFA and the whole football community are deeply saddened about the death of Emiliano Sala. FIFA and its President Gianni Infantino would like to extend their sincerest condolences to his friends and family. Our thoughts are also with the family of pilot David Ibbotson.”

The French football league announced that a minute’s applause will be held at all Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 games this weekend in memory of Sala,

The LFP said in a statement: “On the occasion of the 24th day of Ligue 1 and Ligue 2, a minute of applause will be observed before the kick-off of the meetings.

“Emiliano Sala has left the memory of an endearing man and a hard-working forward in all the clubs where he has evolved.”



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