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Minute silence for Sala at all UEFA games

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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.

Coroner: Sala died of head, torso injuries in plane crash

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A post-mortem has revealed that Emiliano Sala died of head and torso injuries when the plane he was in crashed into the English Channel on Jan. 21.

The body of the Argentine striker was found last week among plane wreckage on the seabed and coroners in the English County of Dorset released their findings on Monday, three weeks to the day since the tragic crash.

Sala, 28, became Cardiff City’s club-record signing on Jan. 19 and was flying back from his former club Nantes to Cardiff take part in his first training session with the Premier League club.

The pilot of the small aircraft he was on, David Ibbotson, has yet to be found.

Home Office pathologist Dr Basil Purdue said the cause of Sala’s death was due to “head and trunk injuries.”

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch investigation say that the full investigation into the crash could take up to 12 months, while a pre-inquest review hearing was set for Nov. 6.

Mbappe donates $35K to fund search for missing pilot Ibbotson

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Kylian Mbappe has donated about $35,000 to a fund set up by the family of missing pilot Dave Ibbotson, who was lost at sea while flying Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala from Wales to France.

The Paris Saint-Germain star, 20, sent the funds under the name Elie Lottin. He also donated $1,300 to the search to find Sala, and his full name is Kylian Mbappe Lottin.

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Sala’s body was recovered and identified only after a second search was funded, and Ibbotson’s family fears they may never recover the body of the pilot without significant financial help.

“We cannot bear the thought of him being alone, we need him home so that we are able to lay him to rest.”

Look past Mbappe’s massive bank account here; The 20-year-old has shown a grace and conscience unseen from many a person, let alone athlete, previously donating a half-million dollars in World Cup winnings to an organization that sets up sporting events for kids with disabilities.

Broadcaster and former Leicester star Gary Lineker also donated $1,300 to the search for Ibbotson.

The page’s fundraising goal is about $388,000. It has currently has raised about $156,000, and Mbappe’s donation will help spread the word for sure. The page is here.

Body identified as Cardiff City’s Sala

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The body recovered from the wreckage of a plane in the English Channel islands’ seabed near France is in fact Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala.

Sala and pilot Dave Ibbotson were lost at sea on a flight from France to Wales, where Sala was set to begin life as Cardiff City’s record signing.

[ WATCH: Cardiff City salutes Sala after goal ]

A body was identified by remote vehicle earlier this week, and recovered Wednesday evening.

Here’s a timeline of events that precipitated the identification of Sala’s body.

Jan. 22 — Plane carrying pilot Dave Ibbotson and Sala is reported missing, search begins.

Jan. 24 — Police call off first search for plane.

Jan. 25 — Nantes criticizes cancelation of first search.

Jan. 28 — American scientist funds second search for plane, Sala, Ibbotson.

Jan. 30 — Seat cushions found, suspected to be from plane.

Feb. 2 — Cardiff plays first match since plane goes missing, team salutes Sala during goal celebration.

Feb. 3 — Wreckage found

Feb. 4 — Video shows one body visible in wreckage of plane.

Feb. 6 — Nantes demands payment from Cardiff for Sala.

Feb. 6 — Body recovered from plane, taken for identification

Feb. 7 — Body identified as Sala.

Body recovered from wreckage of flight carrying Sala

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The body found in the wreckage of the plane carrying Cardiff City’s Emiliano Sala and pilot Dave Ibbotson from France to Wales has been recovered, according to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch.

It is unknown whether the body is Sala or Ibbotson.

[ WATCH: Cardiff City salutes Sala after goal ]

The news comes on the same day that Nantes demanded the first payment from Cardiff for the club record purchase of Sala, the prolific Argentine striker.

The sea near Guernsey made the search for the missing plane very difficult, and it was just as hard to recover the body when it was discovered by a remote vehicle footage. According to the BBC:

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch said specialist contractors joined the operation in “challenging conditions”.

It was carried out in “as dignified a way as possible” and the men’s families were kept updated throughout, it said.