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SportNantes fans say final goodbye to Sala on day of mourning

21:15  10 february  2019
21:15  10 february  2019 Source:   ap.org

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Nantes fans show their devotion for missing Argentine striker Emiliano Sala by chanting his name Sala 's former Nantes teammate Yacine Bammou, who now plays for Caen and was close to Sala The search for Sala and the pilot was called off after a three- day air -and-sea operation near the

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Nantes fans say final goodbye to Sala on day of mourning© The Associated Press Tributes are paid to Emiliano Sala ahead of the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Bordeaux at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

PARIS (AP) -- On a day of mourning for Emiliano Sala, Nantes players walked onto the field dressed all in black with Sala's name on their backs as the crowd chanted for him over and over again.

"La la la la la la la la, Em-il-ia-no," fans sang, before breaking out in a minute's applause. This was observed at all stadiums in the top two divisions in France this weekend in memory of the Argentine striker who was killed in a plane crash at the age of 28.

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Emiliano Sala 's family say they hope search teams will find the body of pilot David Ibbotson. Sala completed his transfer to Premier League side Cardiff from French club Nantes - for a club record He was returning to the Welsh capital after flying back to France to say goodbye to his former teammates.

Sala had returned to France to say goodbye to his teammates at Ligue 1 club Nantes and was flying to Wales to join up with his new club following "I can't find the words. It's a tragedy, I'm devastated. This is why, like may fans , I wish to honour him again by taking out the number 9 (on Nantes shirts)

Players from both sides, some with their heads down in pensive thought, stood in a circle and applauded at the Stade de la Beaujoire before Sunday's game.

Then the chanting returned, with a different refrain.

"Emiliano Sala, Emiliano, Emiliano, Emiliano Sa-la," the 37,000-strong crowd sang with same unrelenting intensity Sala showed throughout his career with Nantes, Caen and Bordeaux — the club he joined nine years ago after leaving Argentina to forge a career in France.

Nimes players wore black armbands on their red jerseys.

The referee stopped the game after nine minutes — nine being the jersey number worn by Sala — and the fans chanted his name again as they applauded. Nantes has now retired the No. 9 as a tribute to Sala.

Before the game, a giant banner with Sala's face on it was draped over the center circle, while the stadium's big screen showed all the 48 goals he scored in 133 appearances for the club.

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Image caption Emiliano Sala signed for Cardiff City on Saturday. Premier League footballer Emiliano Sala was on a light aircraft which went missing over Cardiff City, which signed Sala from French club Nantes in a record deal on Saturday, said it was "very shocked". Guernsey Police said there was "no

FC Nantes fans gather and lay flowers in tribute to missing Emiliano Sala , in front of club stadium, before the Ligue 1 match against Saint-Etienne. Duration: 00:52 1 day ago.

Sala scored his last goal for Nantes on Dec. 5 in a 3-2 win over Marseille, a typically powerful header from the imposing striker.

He was killed in a plane crash in the English Channel last month and his body was recovered from the seabed wreckage this week .

Sala had been flying from Nantes to Cardiff, about to start a new career in the English Premier League. At 28 years old, he was at the prime age for a soccer striker.

Throughout his career, Sala won respect and admiration wherever he played because of his work ethic and unselfish attitude on the field .

Those traits won him the admiration of Nantes coach Vahid Halilhodzic, himself a similarly hard-working striker with Nantes in the 1980s.

Sala was the ideal teammate, one who became a friend to several Nantes players.

He scored one goal for Bordeaux and then 19 for Orleans, 18 for Niort and five for Caen before joining Nantes in 2015.

Emotional funeral for Sala held in his Argentine hometown

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Cardiff have been left shocked and dismayed after Nantes demanded the first instalment of the £15m transfer fee for Emiliano Sala .

FC Nantes fans gather and lay flowers in tribute to missing Emiliano Sala , in front of club stadium, before the Ligue 1 match against Saint-Etienne. Duration: 00:52 1 day ago.

Sala's last game was against Nimes on Jan. 16.

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