Sala funeral taking place in Argentina

Last updated : 16 February 2019 By Michael Morris

The funeral of Emilano Sala is taking place in Argentina this afternoon.

Neil Warnock and Ken Choo have traveled to South America to pay their last respects to the young striker who tragically lost his life while on his way back to Cardiff from Nantes ahead of starting his new career in south Wales.

Warnock said: "He was my player, he signed for me. I think he was going to be very instrumental in what we were looking to do.

"I feel that it's the only good thing you can do. I think family, they put it in perspective. I think family is so important.

"I think everything here today has shown how important it is. Mercedes, the mother, and Romina (Emiliano's sister) and the Dad (Horacio), they have all been so emotionally involved with the whole village, not just the family."

A memorial service in the town of Progreso, where Sala learned to play football, was followed by a funeral service in Santa Fe.


Sky News' sport correspondent Martha Kelner was at the scene and said: "It's very emotional inside. There's lots of tears, lots of hugging and there's this constant stream of people in and out.

"Progreso is a town of only 3,000 people, so everyone here really does know everyone and there's an enormous amount of affection for Emiliano Sala, who is a little bit of a hometown hero here."

Emilian Sala RIP.

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A truly shocking event in the history of Nantes FC, Cardiff City FC and for the friends and families of all those involved.