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Nantes Pay Emotional Tribute To Emiliano Sala On Anniversary Of Death

Nantes Pay Emotional Tribute To Emiliano Sala On Anniversary Of Death

The story of Emiliano Sala gripped the footballing world in 2019, and it's hard to believe that a year has already passed since his death.

The Argentine was set to move to Cardiff City in a big money move, with the striker given the task of helping the Welsh club retain their Premier League status. Tragically, he would never be given the opportunity to do so.

The  28-year old would disappear over the English Channel on the 21st of January when the light aircraft carrying him and pilot David Ibbotson disappeared from radar. A rescue and recovery mission was launched, with the footballer's body eventually recovered on February 7th. Ibbotson's body has never been found.

His former club Nantes were hit hard by the tragedy, with an outpouring of emotion from their supporters. They retired the number nine jersey, the one Sala had worn during his four seasons with the club.

Today the French side marked the one-year anniversary of his death with a touching tribute before their game against Bordeaux, another of Sala's former clubs.

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Emotional stuff.

Nantes have been involved in a legal battle with Cardiff City over the fee that was due for Sala's transfer, with the Welsh side refusing to pay. The case is due to be settled in spring of this year.

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Gary Connaughton

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