Yesterday morning, it was announced that a plane carrying new Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala had gone missing over the English Channel. Sala had signed for Cardiff over the weekend, and flew home to say goodbye to his teammates. He was set to fly back to Cardiff from Nantes on Sunday night, to begin training on Monday morning, but never made it.
Emiliano Sala and the pilot of the plane
– David Henderson, according to reports (these reports were wrong, the pilot was Dave Ibbotson, a 60-year-old Englishman from Leeds who has 3 children) still have not been found. There was a search operation ongoing all day yesterday, but that was called off as darkness descended. The search will continue today, and we have to be hopeful that they find them. There is no hope for them at this stage, though, unfortunately. It’s such terrible news.
Sala was surely excited about beginning a new life in Wales and in the Premier League. He was being brought in to help with Cardiff’s survival hopes. But how irrelevant does that seem now? Is that something to worry about when shocking things like this happen? No.
Everybody involved with Nantes will be devastated. They knew him well, as he’s been at the club since 2015. He moved to Cardiff for £15m and reportedly turned down an offer from China, which The Guardian say would have paid him three times as much as Cardiff, but he stuck with Cardiff because he had already given them his word that he would sign.
Tragedy like this is horrendous. It really does show that things are more important than football. It’s not often we hear of things like this, but this is now twice in a season after the tragic accident with Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha earlier in the season.
There isn’t much more I can say, but my thoughts are with everybody that knew Emiliano Sala.