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Tribute to Emiliano Sala in front of the Beaujoire stadium in Nantes, early February 2019
FOOTBALL – A thought for “Emi”. France team striker Kylian Mbappé wanted to mark the occasion this Saturday, January 21. A special day for the native of Bondy as for several other sports figures, four years after the tragic death of Emiliano Sala.
On his social networks, Kylian Mbappé paid tribute to the Argentinian player who passed through Caen, Nantes or Bordeaux, in Ligue 1. All in sobriety, the number 7 of Paris Saint-Germain wrote “ Four years “, accompanied by a dove emoji and a photo of the deceased striker in an Instagram story.
Kylian Mbappé’s Instagram story in tribute to Emiliano Sala, who died on January 21, 2019 in a plane crash between Nantes and Cardiff.
Very committed at the time of the player’s death, Kylian Mbappé had donated money to two pots. One for David Ibbotson, the pilot who also died in this accident. And the other to help relaunch the search to find the body of Emiliano Sala, on the initiative of the Argentinian family. Adrien Rabiot, had also done the same.
” For all time “
Disappeared in a plane crash when he was to go to Cardiff to finalize his transfer to the club of the city, Emiliano Sala had left no one indifferent to his fate, especially within French football. Then 28 years old, he had just made a remarkable passage under the colors of his last club, FC Nantes.
The one who had scored 48 goals in the yellow jersey was also hailed by his former club. ” For all time “, tweeted the Nantes club. Just like the Bordeaux neighbor who expressed ” a moved thought for Emi, his family and his loved ones “.
For all time. 🙏🏻🇦🇷 𝟵 https://t.co/rxsAb100TE
— FC Nantes (@FCNantes)
On this special day, four years after her tragic death, the Club has a moving thought for Emi, her family and… https://t.co/BS2ZMluOE5
– FC Girondins de Bordeaux (@girondins)
Attentions appreciated by the player’s fans, even if Cardiff City FC did not have as much success with his tribute: ” Remembering Emiliano “. It must be said that a macabre imbroglio had involved the Welsh club and FC Nantes after the death of the player.
Remembering Emiliano. https://t.co/UCJ2qOMtaB
— Cardiff City FC (@CardiffCityFC)
With Emiliano Sala having died before signing his contract, Cardiff felt the player was not theirs. A sufficient argument to refuse to pay the approximately 17 million euros for the transfer of the player. The attitude of the club had been little appreciated, until FIFA which then deprived the club of recruitment for three transfer windows as a sanction. What explain the bitter taste of some Internet users at the sight of this tweet.
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