French footballer rebukes Twitter critic over Emiliano Sala tributes
Sala is missing after his flight from Nantes to Cardiff disappeared over the English Channel.
A French footballer has passionately defended the outpouring of tributes for “inspirational” missing footballer Emiliano Sala.
Nice winger Allan Saint-Maximin, 21, responded after a Twitter user criticised a tribute by French journalist Margot Dumont to the Cardiff City striker, whose plane disappeared en route from France.
User @gone6987 tweeted: “Seriously how many die every day without anyone being affected? And there, the whole internet and the Twitosphere will hurry to show off its grief.
“Keep your insincere tears for your loved ones and for just cause rather than for your ‘media’ exhibitions.”
Sans deconner combien meurent par jour sans qu’aucun ne s’émeut? Et là, toute la toile et la twitosphere va s’empresser de faire étalage de sa peine. Gardez vos larmes insincère pour vos proches et pour de juste cause plutôt que pour vos expositions « médiatiques » #pathetique— gone6987 (@gone6987) January 22, 2019
Saint-Maximin replied: “Because it is a face and a man who through our work and our passion was a part of our life, because it’s an inspirational person by his values, because by knowing what a strong fighter he is reminds us how fragile life is.
“What is inappropriate is to show demagoguery in such a time, first of all show respect.”
Parceque c'est un visage et un homme qui par notre travail et notre passion faisait partie de notre vie, parceque c'est une personne inspirante par ses valeurs, parcequ'en sachant quel guerrier solide il est ça nous rappelle à quel point la vie est fragile— Allan Saint-Maximin (@asaintmaximin) January 22, 2019
Saint-Maximin has been praised for his words, while journalist Dumont thanked him for his support.
Merci Allan 🙏💛— Margot Dumont (@Margot_Dumont) January 22, 2019
Guernsey Police have resumed the search for Sala, 28, in an operation which includes multiple air and sea assets from the Channel Islands, UK and France.
To date, the force said rescue workers have scanned 280 square miles in the search for the missing plane but have found “no trace”.