A minute silence is to be held to honor Emiliano Sala at all games across the UEFA Champions League and Europa League this week.
The soccer world is in mourning after Sala was confirmed dead last week. The Argentine striker, 28, was killed when a plane he was traveling in from Nantes, France to Cardiff, Wales crashed into the English Channel on Jan. 21.
Sala had just completed his move to Cardiff City in the Premier League as their club-record signing and was flying back for his first training session in Wales after saying goodbye to his former teammates at Nantes.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin released the following statement confirming a minute of silence will be held across their games this week.
“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,” Ceferin said. “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.”
A minute silence was held before Cardiff’s game with Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday, while a coroner in the English county of Dorset released details on Monday about the cause of Salah’s death.
The pilot of the small aircraft which crashed into the English Channel, David Ibbotson, has not been found and an online petition has been set up to try and find him.