Nantes Stop Play For Heartfelt Tribute To Emiliano Sala In 9th Minute Of Game Against Saint-Etienne (Photos & Video)

Chris Wright

31st, January 2019

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Nantes used their Wednesday night Ligue 1 fixture against Saint-Etienne to stage an evening of tribute for Emiliano Sala following the striker’s disappearance last week.

Sala was the French side’s top-scorer when he agreed his transfer to Cardiff City. Of course, grim fate has ensured he’ll sadly never know the same success at the Bluebirds.

With Sala banners, flags and placards dotted all around the Stade de la Beaujoire, the match served as a communion of sorts, with fans paying their respects in unison.

Cardiff even sent a contingent of travelling supporters, who were allowed to rig up their own special message in the corner of the stand…

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The Saint-Etienne squad warmed up while wearing Sala t-shirts, a gesture warmly applauded by their hosts.

Nantes also laid out a kit for the Argentinian striker in their dressing room…

The centre-circle was filled with a giant image of Sala’s face, the same image that Nantes have been using as their profile picture across all of their social media accounts since the day he went missing.

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Then, with nine minutes gone, play was stopped (with the game still goalless) so that the entire stadium could offer their sympathies together with a resounding round of applause.

Indeed, it was all too much for Nantes coach Vahid Halilhodzic, who couldn’t hold back the tears as Sala’s name rung around the rafters…

Lovely stuff.

The match went on to finish 1-1, with both goals coming midway through the second half.

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  1. Geraldo says:

    Incredibly sad, yet also incredibly positive…football is still played and supported by many wonderful, decent human beings.

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