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Saturday 23 March 2019

Emiliano Sala funeral to be held in home town Progreso on Saturday

The 28-year-old died last month just two days after completing a Cardiff club-record £15million move from Nantes.

Cardiff striker Emiliano Sala’s funeral will be held in Argentina on Saturday (Mark Kerton/PA)
Cardiff striker Emiliano Sala’s funeral will be held in Argentina on Saturday (Mark Kerton/PA)

By Press Association Sport staff

Emiliano Sala’s funeral will be held in his home town in Argentina on Saturday.

The 28-year-old striker died last month just two days after completing a Cardiff club-record £15million move from Nantes.

The single-engine private plane that was carrying Sala and pilot David Ibbotson crashed in the English Channel near Alderney on January 21.

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A tribute at Cardiff City Stadium for Emiliano Sala (Aaron Chown/PA)

Sala’s body was recovered from the wreckage on February 7 but Ibbotson remains missing, with funds being raised to continue the search for the 59-year-old from Lincolnshire.

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock and chief executive Ken Choo will both attend the funeral in Progreso in the Argentinian province of Santa Fe.

Nantes, for whom Sala joined from Bordeaux in the summer of 2015 and scored 42 goals in 120 league appearances, will be represented by the defender Nicolas Pallois and general secretary Loic Morin.

Te estamos esperando.... como el primer día que te fuiste pero esta vez para quedarte con nosotros para siempre. Fuiste y sos un ejemplo para todos. Eternamente en nuestros corazones... 🖤❤🖤

Posted by San Martin de Progreso on Tuesday, February 12, 2019

A public vigil, expected to last for several hours, will be held in the gymnasium of Sala’s boyhood club San Martin de Progreso.

The club posted an emotional tribute on Facebook earlier this week, saying: “We are waiting for you…like the first day you left but this time to stay with us forever.

“You went and you are an example for everyone. Eternally in our hearts.”

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