Team’s black kit, all wear Sala name, entry fee 9 euros, applause on 9 mins as club remembers dead striker
NANTES wore an all black kit with “Sala” on the back of their shirts in memory of Emiliano Sala.
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 was also a minute silence ahead of the 2pm kick-off – while 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.
On nine minutes the stadium filled with applause as the striker was again remembered.
Nantes took the lead on 15 minutes through Kalifa Coulibaly while Abdul Majeed Waris converted a penalty to double the home sides lead seven minutes from half-time.
The away side turned the game around in the second-half, however, thanks to goals from Baptiste Guillaume, Antonin Bobichon and Jordan Ferri.
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.
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.