Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Gary Lineker Donates £1,000 To Family Of Pilot From Sala Crash

Gary Lineker Donates £1,000 To Family Of Pilot From Sala Crash

Once the body of Sala had been found, Ibbotson's family set up a GoFundMe page, asking the public to help bring the pilot home.

Argentine footballing idols Diego Maradona and Gabriel Batistuta also paid tribute to 28-year-old Sala.

Nantes have announced that the club will retire the no.9 shirt, in honour of Emiliano Sala, whose body has been recovered from the wreckage of a plane he was travelling on that crashed on its way to Cardiff.

"We can now begin to mourn our son and our brother", they said in a statement.

Saturday's game comes after Sala's former club Nantes said they would retire their No 9 shirt in honour of the footballer.

Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman described Sala's disappearance as a "tragic accident" but said the light aircraft was not organised by the club.

The player's body was first spotted by British rescuers using a remotely operated underwater vehicle on Sunday, close to where the plane vanished from radar. It was taken to Bournemouth where it was formally identified.

A previous crowd-funding effort from supporters of Emiliano Sala raised more than £250,000, which led to a private search recovering his body.

The country's President Mauricio Macri also mourned the "painful news".

A minute's silence had been impeccably observed as part of the tributes before kick-off at the game, which the Welsh side went on to win 2-1 with Kenneth Zohore's dramatic goal in the third minute of stoppage time.

Cardiff, away to Southampton on Saturday, had been given permission by the Premier League to wear shirts embroidered with a yellow daffodil, the national emblem of Wales and the team colour of Nantes.

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