Cardiff plan Sala tribute at Arsenal game
(Reuters) – Cardiff City will pay tribute to their missing forward Emiliano Sala before Tuesday’s Premier League clash at Arsenal, the Welsh club’s chief executive Ken Choo said.
Sala, Cardiff’s new signing from Nantes, went missing on Monday when the plane he was travelling in disappeared over the English Channel and rescuers have ended their three-day search for the forward and pilot David Ibbotson.
“We’re going to plan a tribute on Tuesday at the Arsenal game for the fans to join in, and again at the home match against Bournemouth on Feburary 2,” Choo told Sky Sports.
“We’re still planning the details and we’ll speak to the family as well. We’ll announce details in the next day or two.”
The Premier League confirmed there would be a moment of silence during all matches next week as a mark of respect for Sala and Ibbotson.
“I just want to say, the Premier League and Arsenal have been incredibly supportive of our club and this situation,” Choo added.
Sala, 28, was en route to Cardiff for his first training session with the club after being signed from the French Ligue 1 side for a reported 17 million euros (£14.7 million) last week.
Cardiff plan to pay tribute to Emiliano Sala before kick-off against Arsenal at Emirates Stadium on Tuesday, says chief executive Ken Choo.
Guernsey Police confirmed on Thursday that the search and rescue operation to find the missing plane carrying Sala and pilot David Ibbotson has ended, while harbourmaster captain David Barker said the chances of survival were “extremely remote”.
Argentine striker Sala had been flying from Nantes to Cardiff to link up with his new club, having made the switch from Ligue 1 to the Premier League for a club-record fee of £18m, when the plane disappeared on Monday night.
All Premier League matches next week will have a moment of silence as a mark of respect for Sala and Ibbotson.
Speaking to the journalists on Thursday evening, Choo said: “We are going to plan a tribute on Tuesday at the Arsenal game for the fans to join in, and again at the home match against Bournemouth on February 2.
“I just want to say, the Premier League and Arsenal have been incredibly supportive of our club and this situation.
“The tribute will be on Tuesday, we are still planning the details, and we will speak to the family as well. We will announce details in the next day or two.”