Emiliano Sala’s body was finally laid to rest after family members, football fans, administrators and lovers of the game gathered to pay their respect to the late Cardiff City striker during his funeral ceremony in Argentina on Saturday.
According to UK Sun report, his sister Romina, found it tough to control her emotions after Sala’s remains was taken to his first club at San Martin de Progreso.
Mourners were spotted wearing “Emi” number 9 shirts as a tribute to the 28-year-old forward who died in a plane crash ahead of a private cremation.
Sala’s father, Horacio, was lost in his tough as his son’s casket was carried into the street by mourners while his mother could only manage to plant a kiss on it before breaking down in tears in the arms of his son’s teammate Nicolas Pallois.
The ex-Nantes’ defence ace Pallois also assisted in carrying Sala’s casket to the ambulance after thousands turned out in their numbers to pay their last respects. Sala’s aunt, Mirta Taffarel, found it pretty difficult to express thought about the whole incident earlier in the day. “I do not understand it.
“I would like to find a responsible person, someone to tell me what has happened, but it only seems that fate led us to this,” she stressed, even as his cousin, Martin Gatti, was furious with the size of the plane Sala was forced to travel to the United Kingdom.
“Making him board a plane that was not in good condition, with a pilot who wasn’t prepared, alone, at night. Where were the representatives?
“If you happen to be the most important player sold in the history of the club, they could have at least taken care of him, at least they would have taken care of him,” he added.
After the ceremony at his former club, Sala’s remains was transported to city of Santa Fe where a private crematorium service, with only family members in attendance.
Sala’s sister, Romina, was spotted looking dejected with reports claiming that his mother, Mercedes, stayed in the gym all morning.
Ahead of the funeral, she penned a short message on Facebook, hoping her brother will be back on the morning.
“Tell me it’s a nightmare, Emi, come back please brother. Please. Love you so much.”
Sala’s father neighbour informed reporters that the late striker had a mission to accomplish.
“I believe God needed a number nine up there. Now he has it.”
On the other hand, his boyhood club San Martin de Progreso also penned a tribute on Facebook.
“We are waiting for you…like the first day you left but this time to stay with us forever. “You went and you are an example for everyone. Eternally in our hearts.”
Cardiff boss Neil Warnock alongside chief executive Ken Choo were in attendance at the funeral.
Speaking moments after the vigil at Sala’s boyhood club the football tactician admitted it was a very difficult time for the late striker’s family.
“It’s been a very emotional morning. “I think Mercedes has been an immense woman this morning. Everyone she’s met has had memories of Emiliano and it’s brought tears to her eyes.
“She’s very very proud of her son. We’ve met his father Horacio. His father’s the same and the brother and sister,” Warnock noted, even as he was quick to add.
“I’ve been a manager nearly 40 years now and I’ve never known anything like this.
“It’s something you hope never happens. We’ve had matches at the same time. It’s been very emotional.
“People say things like, ‘He never played for you’, but he was my player. “The feelings I had. I chased him, I wanted him and he said ‘I will give you the goals that will keep you up in the Premier League.
“I said, ‘I know you will.’ He was my kind of player. I’m getting goose pimples talking about it.”
Interestingly, Nantes, where Sala netted 42 times in 120 league games also had defender Nicolas Pallois and general secretary Loic Morin as reps during the funeral ceremony.
Earlier, Continentour.com.ng reported that Emiliano Sala’s body is on its last journey to final resting place after arriving Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires on Friday.
According to UK Sun, the Cardiff City forward’s remains in on its way to his hometown Progreso, about 334 miles northwest of Argentina’s capital for a special vigil and wake keeping before interment.
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