Ligue 1: Nantes to pay tribute to the late Emiliano Sala with special blue and white jersey

“Because Emiliano Sala dreamed of wearing Argentina's shirt, Nantes players will leave their usual yellow and green jersey for a white and blue tunic,' Nantes said in a statement.

The Associated Press January 21, 2020 19:44:30 IST
Ligue 1: Nantes to pay tribute to the late Emiliano Sala with special blue and white jersey
  • Nantes said all profits from the jersey sales will be allocated to Sala's training clubs in Argentina.

  • Sala was killed a year ago when the aircraft carrying him from Nantes to his new club in Cardiff crashed.

  • Since Sala's death, Nantes and Cardiff have been involved in a dispute over transfer fee payments.

Nantes: French club Nantes will pay tribute to late Argentine player Emiliano Sala by wearing a special blue and white shirt during Sunday's league game against Bordeaux.

Ligue 1 Nantes to pay tribute to the late Emiliano Sala with special blue and white jersey

Emiliano Sala died in a plane crash before playing for his new team Cardiff City. AFP

Nantes, which traditionally play in yellow and green, said on Tuesday that the commemorative outfit is available for sale. All profits from the sales will be allocated to Sala's training clubs in Argentina.

“Because he dreamed of wearing Argentina's shirt, Nantes players will leave their usual yellow and green jersey for a white and blue tunic," Nantes said in a statement.

Sala was killed a year ago when the single-engine aircraft carrying him from Nantes to his new club in Cardiff crashed near the Channel Island of Guernsey on Jan. 21. Hours earlier, FIFA had received an online document from the Welsh soccer federation to complete transferring the player's registration from France.

Sala’s body was recovered from the wreckage two weeks later.

Nantes said a picture of Sala will also be displayed in the center circle at Stade de La Beaujoire and a minute's applause will be held in his memory.

Since Sala's death, Nantes and Cardiff have been involved in a dispute over transfer fee payments. Last year, Cardiff filed a court appeal seeking to overturn a FIFA order it must pay Nantes a 6 million euro ($6.7 million) first payment for Sala. FIFA ruled in favor of Nantes and warned Cardiff it faces a transfer ban of three trading windows if it refuses to pay when the case is settled.

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