A minute’s silence will be observed at every UEFA competition match this week, starting with the high-profile match between Manchester United and PSG at Old Trafford tonight. This in memory of Emiliano Sala who died in a plane crash on 21 January.
Concise News reports that UEFA has confirmed that a minute’s silence will be observed at all UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League matches this week in memory of Late Sala.
Having concluded a transfer from Nantes to Cardiff City, the 28-year-old forward died when the plane he was travelling in along with pilot David Ibbotson crashed into the English Channel on 21 January. Sala’s body was formally identified on 7 February. Meanwhile, Ibbotson has yet to be found. In fact, PSG star, Kylian Mbappe – who will spearhead the Paris club forward-line tonight – donated to Ibbotson search fund.
UEFA President offers condolences
“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,” says UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin. “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 of wearing black armbands in memory of Sala, who was born in Argentina but spent the bulk of his professional career in France.