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Emiliano Sala minute silence to be observed at Champions League and Europa League ties | Football News

Last Updated: 12/02/19 9:07am

UEFA has confirmed that a minute’s silence will be observed at all Champions League and Europa League matches this week to pay tribute to Emiliano Sala.

The 28-year-old died after the plane he was travelling in from Nantes to Cardiff lost contact with air traffic control over the English Channel on January 21. The pilot, David Ibbotson, is still missing.

Sala’s body was formally identified on February 7 after being recovered from the underwater wreckage last week and brought to shore.

Southampton and Cardiff players observed a minute's silence before their Premier League match on Saturday Southampton and Cardiff players observed a minute's silence before their Premier League match on Saturday

Southampton and Cardiff players observed a minute’s silence before their Premier League match on Saturday

“On behalf of everyone at UEFA, I would like to express my sincerest condolences to the family and loved ones of Emiliano Sala for their loss,” said UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin.

“I am deeply saddened that his life was so cruelly taken away at such a young age and I urge supporters across the continent to pay their respects to his memory over the coming days.”

Clubs competing in UEFA competition matches this week will also have the option to wear black armbands in memory of Sala, who was born in Argentina, but played a large portion of his professional career in France.

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