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Nantes footballer was on missing plane

Politico, Jan 22

Emiliano Sala was flying from France to Wales after joining Cardiff City from Nantes.

French authorities confirmed that footballer Emiliano Sala was on board an aircraft that has gone missing over the English Channel late Monday.

The Argentine striker was one of two people on board a small Piper Malibu aircraft which was last spotted over Guernsey in the Channel Islands before vanishing from air traffic radar, Sky Sports News reports.

Sala, Cardiff City's £15 million record signing, was on his way to south Wales from Nantes in western France ahead of his first training session with the Premier League club.

Guernsey police launched a search and rescue operation which is yet to find a trace of the missing aircraft.

"We are awaiting confirmation before we can say anything further. We are very concerned for the safety of Emiliano Sala," said Cardiff City Chairman Mehmet Dalman in a statement.

Wednesday's Coupe de France match between Nantes and Entente Sannois Saint-Gratien has been postponed until January 27.

 

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