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SportEmotional funeral for Sala held in his Argentine hometown

01:30  17 february  2019
01:30  17 february  2019 Source:   ap.org

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The funeral of striker Emiliano Sala will take place on Saturday in his home town in Argentina . The 28-year-old will be laid to rest in Progreso and a public vigil will be held in the gymnasium of club San Martin de Progreso where he played as a youth.

Mourners gather for Sala 's wake in his hometown . © Getty Images / Gustavo Garello. There will later be a funeral in Santa Fe, where Sala ’s body will be Among the mourners is the striker’s distraught sister Romina, who made impassioned calls for the search for her brother to continue after his initial

Emotional funeral for Sala held in his Argentine hometown© The Associated Press Mercedes Taffarel, mother of Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala, right, is comfort by Nantes defender Nicolas Pallois during de burial of Emiliano Sala, at the cemetery in Santa Fe, Argentina, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. The Argentina-born forward died in an airplane crash in the English Channel last month when flying from Nantes in France to start his new career with English Premier League club Cardiff. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

PROGRESSO, Argentina -- Family, friends, supporters and former teammates paid tribute to striker Emiliano Sala in his small Argentine hometown on Saturday, almost four weeks after he died when the plane he was in crashed into the English Channel.

Police confirm Sala's body recovered from plane wreckage

Police confirm Sala's body recovered from plane wreckage Police have confirmed that the body recovered from a plane in English Channel is that of Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala. Dorset police made the announcement on Thursday evening after a coroner's examination of the body, which was recovered from the seabed wreckage of the plane on Wednesday. Sala, who had just signed with Premier League club Cardiff, and pilot David Ibbotson were the only people onboard the small aircraft that disappeared over the English Channel last month. Investigators have not been able to recover the aircraft, which was flying from Nantes to Cardiff after Sala transferred from the French city's team. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.

His funeral will take place in his hometown of Progreso and a wake will also be held at the club Sala played for as a youth. Sala 's mother Mercedes and sister Romina, who travelled to Europe after his disappearance, have already rejoined the footballer's dad Horacio back in Argentina .

The funeral of footballer Emiliano Sala is due to take place in his home town in Argentina . A public vigil, expected to last for several hours, will be held in the gymnasium of the Sala ’s boyhood club The club posted an emotional tribute on Facebook earlier this week, saying the footballer would be

The 28-year-old Sala's body received a hero's welcome in Progreso where much of the grieving population paid their last respects to their soccer idol before the body was taken away for cremation.

"It is something that I still cannot understand or accept because it hurts so much," said Progreso resident Lucia Torres, who was in tears. "My town shut down on Jan. 21 and remains shut down to this day."

Sala was the best-known figure from Progreso, a town of several thousand inhabitants in Argentina's Santa Fe province, and was adored by many. He had been known since childhood here as "Emi."

A post-mortem found that Sala died from injuries to his head and torso when his plane crashed in the channel.

The single-engine aircraft was flying from the French city of Nantes to Cardiff where Sala was due to start a new career playing for the Welsh capital's Premier League club. Among those in attendance at Saturday's funeral were Cardiff City's manager Neil Warnock and his Nantes teammate Nicolas Pallois.

Nantes fans say final goodbye to Sala on day of mourning

Nantes fans say final goodbye to Sala on day of mourning 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.

Emiliano Sala ’s funeral will be held in his home town in Argentina on Saturday. The single-engine private plane that was carrying Sala and pilot David Ibbotson crashed in the English Channel The club posted an emotional tribute on Facebook earlier this week, saying: “We are waiting for you…like

Emiliano Sala ’s funeral will be held in his home town in Argentina on Saturday. The single-engine private plane that was carrying Sala and pilot David Ibbotson crashed in the English Channel The club posted an emotional tribute on Facebook earlier this week, saying: “We are waiting for you…like

Sala's body was recovered from the seabed wreckage last week but the plane's pilot is still missing. Authorities have said that the Air Accidents Investigation Branch investigation could take up to 12 months. A pre-inquest review hearing was set for Nov. 6.

"The truth is I understand little of all this. I would like to find out who was responsible, that someone would tell me `this is what happened,' but fate seems to have led us to this," Sala's aunt, Mirta Taffarel, told local media amid tears.

Sala's body was flown to Argentina and arrived in Buenos Aires on Friday before being driven to Progreso, where Sala grew up.

Nantes files claim at FIFA against Cardiff over Sala deal.
A person with knowledge of the case says Nantes has filed a formal claim with FIFA against Cardiff to start collecting the transfer fee for Emiliano Sala.The person says the French club wants Cardiff to pay the first installment of the transfer fee. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. FIFA says it received "a claim from FC Nantes against Cardiff City in connection with the transfer." Sala, an Argentine forward, was killed last month before ever playing a match in the Premier League.

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