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Nantes and Cardiff are praying for Emiliano Sala

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Argentine striker missing after plane on radar disappears

Nantes and Cardiff are praying for Emiliano Sala

Rescuers were last night searching for the missing attacker Emiliano Sala, who in an airplane on his way to his new club Cardiff.

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Supporters of FC Nantes came yesterday gathered for their missing player honor. David Vincent/ap

Argentine striker missing after plane on radar disappears

Nantes and Cardiff are praying for Emiliano Sala

Rescuers were last night searching for the missing attacker Emiliano Sala, who in an airplane on his way to his new club Cardiff.

Football

Bart Lagae

BRUSSELS‘The last ciao.’ That wrote Emiliano Sala under a picture with his ex-team mates of Nantes, which he spread on the social media. On the wall gives a digital clock the hour: 12.03 pm. It was Monday afternoon and the cheerful Spaniard was in the changing rooms, his personal stuff come and pick it up. Anthony Limbombe and Joris Kayembe, the two Belgians of Nantes, not on the photo. But & Coulibaly, ex-player of AA Gent and Charleroi and pointed out spitsbroeder of the 28-year-old Argentinian.

A few hours after his last ciao introduced a friend to the smooth scoring striker to the airport of Nantes, in the west of France. There was a small, single-engine plane waiting for him that will bring him directly to Cardiff would bring. The Piper Malibu is 9 metres long and 13 metres wide and can hold up to five people to transport. Sala chose a privévlucht because he is otherwise not on time on the dinsdagtraining of his new club Cardiff would get. Saturday he had signed a contract in Wales as the new recordaankoop of the club (17 million euro). But he still wanted to absolutely be able to say goodbye to his ex-team mates, and Sunday returned to France.

Floating objects

It was not yet snowing, but very much to the rain when the single-engine plane around 19.15 hours the sky chose in Nantes. That would have happened after a difficult start. According to various sources, it would Sala not hesitate to have been in the flight. He was there Sunday also heengevlogen and that flight would be moved to expired. According to his Uruguayan ex-teammate Diego Rolan, with whom he was still in Bordeaux had played, he would from the airplane, even a message sent: “I have fear. If you do not find, do you know what happened.”

“We fear the worst. If they are without protection in the water, they have no chance’

John Fitzgerald

Head emergency services

Around 20.30 hours passed the plane of the channel islands between France and Great Britain. The pilot contacted the air traffic controller of Guernsey with the demand to lower fly. The plane fell from 5,000 feet to over 2,300 feet. At the time that the British airspace is reached, it disappeared the plane of the radar.

A search was immediately started, but had at 2 am in the morning to be discontinued. The weather and the visibility was too bad. Shortly after sunrise the search further, but in the evening had the reddingwerkers to admit that their efforts, nothing had been delivered. They were known as ‘floating objects’, but could not confirm whether that came from the aircraft or of its occupants.

“We fear the worst,” said John Fitzgerald, the head of the rescue service in Guernsey. ‘If they are without protection in the water, they have no chance. The water is too cold to be longer than an hour to stay alive.’

On the Place Royale in Nantes were already dozens of supporters came together to sing for Sala. They laid yellow flowers down, referring to the colours of the club, and an Argentine flag. In Cardiff, said ceo Ken Choo, the sadness. “We will continue to pray for positive news.” Choo is not only the ceo of Cardiff is also the strong man at KV Kortrijk. Both clubs have the same Malaysian owner.

Also in Argentina, was defeated to respond. Sala’s father heard the bad news while he was on his way as a truck driver. His son has played since his 14 years in France, where he terechtkon thanks to an Italian passport and career had made in Bordeaux.

The agent of Sala is Meïssa N’Diaye, a Frenchman who also Red DuivelMichy Batshuayi guides. As it was feared his fate, but Sala was only the pilot on board the small plane.

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