Cardiff fans have expressed their shock after it was confirmed the club’s record signing Emiliano Sala was onboard a plane that went missing over the English channel on Monday night.
The Argentine star, who cost the Premier League club £15million, was flying back to Wales from Nantes – where he had gone to say goodbye to his former team-mates.
On Tuesday French police confirmed the striker, who only completed his move to Wales last weekend, was on the Piper Malibu, which disappeared from radar the previous night. ceme terpercaya
Authorities on Guernsey said the search for the plane resumed at 8am on Tuesday, adding: ‘At this time no trace of the missing aircraft had been found.’
The search had been called off at 2am ‘due to strengthening winds, worsening sea conditions and reducing visibility.
Cardiff reported ‘genuine concerns’ for the Argentine striker, who left Nantes and was heading to Wales on Monday evening.
On Monday he uploaded a picture on Instagram alongside his former team-mates. The caption: ‘The final goodbye’.
Now an air and sea search has been launched in the Channel Islands for the light aircraft which lost contact at 8.23pm on Monday.
Rescue teams scrambled to waters north of Alderney after the light aircraft vanished, with police confirming the aircraft left Nantes at 7.15pm for Cardiff and was flying at 5,000 feet.
The 28-year-old, who has spent the last seven years playing in France, signed a three-and-a-half year deal with Cardiff on Saturday.
It’s reported Nantes have called off their game on Wednesday against Sannois Saint-Gratien and on Tuesday Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman said: ‘We are very concerned by the latest news that a light aircraft lost contact over the Channel last night.
‘We are awaiting confirmation before we can say anything further. We are very concerned for the safety of Emiliano Sala.’
A Piper Malibu light aircraft – a plane of this model is believed to have lost contact at 8.23pm +6
A Piper Malibu light aircraft – a plane of this model is believed to have lost contact at 8.23pm
The plane lost contact near the Casquets lighthouse off the coast of Alderney +6
The plane lost contact near the Casquets lighthouse off the coast of Alderney
After it was confirmed the striker was onboard the plane, Cardiff supporters and other football fans were left in shock.
‘Football really doesn’t matter. Praying for @EmilianoSala1 and anyone else onboard,’ one Bluebirds fan wrote on Twitter.
‘Devastating,’ another replied. Another message posted on social media read: ‘I hope you are OK and that this is all a terrible mistake. All of us here in Wales are thinking of you’
One supporter added: ‘Thoughts and prayers to all who are concerned about loved ones whoever they are.’
‘(I) hope Emiliano Sala is found safe and well,’ added one Leicester fan, while an Arsenal supporter said: ‘This is heartbreaking.’
Amine Harit, a Moroccan footballer who played with Sala at Nantes before joining German side Schalke in 2017, suggested he was praying for the missing player in a tweet.
He wrote simply ‘Emi..’ followed by a string of praying hands and crying emojis.