Nantes wear all black kit with Sala's name on back in first match since striker confirmed dead following Cardiff move

The Ligue 1 side are in action for the first time since the striker was confirmed dead after his private plane disappeared while crossing the English channel last month.


The 29-year-old had completed his switch to Cardiff for £15million and was on his way to Wales to link up with the Bluebirds for eh second half of the season.

Fans attending the game at the Stade de la Beaujoire Nimes will pay nine euros in honour of the No9 squad number the club have now retired.

There will also be a minute silence ahead of today's 2pm kick-off.

And before the game, the squad pinned a Nantes home shirt with the Argentine striker's name and squad number onto the netting of one of the goals as a mark of respect for their former team-mate.



Cardiff played their first game since Sala death was confirmed, but the dramatic win at Southampton was marred with three Saints yobs taunting Cardiff fans over the forward's death.

Sick footage has emerged of two Saints’ fans making aeroplane gestures towards rival supporters during the Bluebirds’ 2-1 win at St Mary’s on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Welsh side could be hit with a transfer ban if they refuse to pay Nantes the first instalment of the £15million owed for the signing of Emiliano Sala.

The Premier League team may face disciplinary action from Fifa if they don't pay the French club the money they were expecting.

Earlier this week, Nantes threatened Cardiff with legal action if they fail to pay the initial £5m sum.

The Premier League side received a legal letter on Tuesday in which the Ligue 1 side claimed they will take them to court if they withhold payment.

 

 

 

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