Players wear Emiliano Sala T-shirts as an emotional tribute

Players wear Emiliano Sala T-shirts as an emotional tribute

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Offering emotional tributes, the players of missing Argentine striker Emilioano Sala’s former club, Nantes, wore shirts bearing the name of former team-mate Emiliano Sala a week back.

That was Nantes’ first match since the Argentine striker went missing. Sala and pilot David Ibbotson were on board a light aircraft that disappeared over the Channel Islands on 21 January. Sala had completed a transfer from Nantes to Cardiff City on 19 January, two days before his flight went missing from radar when he was travelling to join his new team-mates.

A video featuring Emilioano Sala’s highlights as a Nantes player was played before the game at the Stade de la Beaujoire. Fans wore 'Sala' scarves and were waved Argentina flags in the stands.

During the warm-up, players from both sides wore shirts bearing a photo of Sala and the message 'On t'aime Emi' - which translates as 'we love you Emi'. Play was stopped in the ninth minute as players and fans took part in a minute's applause, which reduced Nantes manager Vahid Halilhodzic to tears.

On Tuesday, tributes were paid at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium, where Cardiff, the club to which Sala was transferred, was playing in the game in which Sala should have made his Bluebirds debut.