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UEFA confirm minute's silence in memory of Emiliano Sala at Champions League games

Mirror logo Mirror 5 days ago Alex Richards

Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - FC Nantes v Nimes Olympique - The Stade de la Beaujoire - Louis Fonteneau, Nantes, France - February 10, 2019  General view of fans looking at tributes left outside the stadium in memory of Emiliano Sala  REUTERS/Stephane Mahe © Reuters Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - FC Nantes v Nimes Olympique - The Stade de la Beaujoire - Louis Fonteneau, Nantes, France - February 10, 2019 General view of fans looking at tributes left outside the stadium in memory of Emiliano Sala REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

European football's governing body, UEFA, have confirmed that there will be a minute's silence at all Champions League and Europa League matches this week in memory of Emiliano Sala.

The 28-year-old striker, who joined Cardiff City in a £15million transfer from Nantes in January, died after the plane he was travelling in crashed into the English Channel on January 21.

Sala was flying to Cardiff from Nantes when the single propeller aeroplane carrying he and pilot David Ibbotson, a Piper Malibu, crashed into the sea.

The Argentine footballer's body was recovered from wreckage on the seabed last week and was formally identified on February 7.

The body of pilot Ibbotson is still missing.

a man holding a football ball: Emiliano Sala during his time with French club Nantes © Credits: Maxppp/PA Images Emiliano Sala during his time with French club Nantes

UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin declared on Tuesday: "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.

"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 the Argentine.

a man wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: UEFA chief Ceferin has confirmed a minute's silence will be held © Credits: REUTERS UEFA chief Ceferin has confirmed a minute's silence will be held

An inquest in Dorset on Monday heard that Sala had died of head and chest injuries.

Sala was identified by his fingerprints after his body was recovered from the sea by a specialist team.  

A full Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) investigation into the plane crash is expected to take between six and 12 months, however an interim report is due within a fortnight, it has been confirmed.

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