Nantes planning to attend Sala funeral – Halilhodzic

Nantes will request to transfer fixtures if required so players can attend the funeral of Emiliano Sala, head coach Vahid Halilhodzic has confirmed.

Dorset Police introduced on Thursday the physique recovered from a airplane wreckage within the English Channel was that of the striker, whereas pilot David Ibbotson stays lacking.

Nantes, who bought Sala to Cardiff last month, have minimize ticket costs to €9 for Sunday’s Ligue 1 game at house to Nimes to permit as many supporters as doable to pay tribute.

And Halilhodzic stated the club will search fixture rearrangements if vital so players are ready to journey to Sala’s funeral, with his physique set to be transported to Argentina.

“Of course, we will ask. Now, how and what we are going to do are something else. I do not have the proper information yet. We’ll see,” he instructed a information convention on Friday.

“I have no idea what we’re going to do but. Earlier, we’ll talk about with some players who had been very shut to him. We already performed three video games on this scenario. We have to be robust. It was so sudden and unhappy. We have to transfer on however I’m telling you, that is not simple. Not simple in any respect.

“We all the time had hope. We knew that, it was skinny, that it was nearly utopian, an phantasm. Unfortunately, I suspected two days in the past of this fact – horrible, unjust. I do know that the scenario is totally different for Emiliano and the pilot’s households. Things are nonetheless horrible.

“We should now pay tribute to somebody who will depart an everlasting mark on this club by his behaviour, his modesty, and never solely as a player. He has actually been unanimously liked in all places. I’ve seen nearly everybody within the sport business pay homage to him.

“Just now, before the training, we will do a small ceremony to honour him with dignity and modesty, as he was. After, can we work or not, it’s something else.”

Cardiff have confirmed they are going to work with the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) in a bid to discover out why the airplane got here down.

“I wish to express my deepest heartfelt condolences to the family of Emiliano Sala for their loss,” stated the club’s proprietor Vincent Tan in a assertion. 

“May Emiliano’s soul relaxation in peace. I’m personally very unhappy over this incident. This tremendous younger man would have been very completely happy and profitable at Cardiff City the place he would have made a new house and lots of buddies.

“Cardiff City will proceed to work with the AAIB and investigators to learn the way the crash occurred and to help Emiliano’s household. We have supplied to them to prepare to take Emiliano back to relaxation with his household in Argentina.

“Even though he will be there his soul will always be in our hearts. We feel a tremendous loss but the biggest loss is borne by Sala’s family. May Sala’s soul rest in peace.”

Sala’s household stated the identification of his physique will assist to carry them closure.

“We would like to thank you for all your signs of affection and support in what is the most painful time of our lives,” a extensively reported assertion from the household learn.

“Seeing the entire world mobilised to help us in our analysis has been an infinitely treasured assist. Thanks to you, we at the moment are ready to mourn our son, our brother.

“On this Friday morning, our thoughts go to David Ibbotson and his family, hoping that the authorities will do their best to find him.”

Sala’s sister Romina wrote on Instagram: “Your soul in my soul, it will shine forever thus illuminating the time of my existence. I love you, tito.”


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