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The insulting chant against Sala sparks a wave of outrage in the football world


Wednesday evening, on the sidelines of the late Ligue 1 match between Nice and Saint-Étienne, Nice supporters hijacked a song for Emiliano Sala, the footballer who died in 2019 in a plane crash. The Disciplinary Committee of the Professional Football League (LFP) announced Thursday that it would examine the file.

A skid that will not remain without consequences. Wednesday evening, during the Ligue 1 match between OGC Nice and AS Saint-Étienne, a hundred Nice supporters sang a song: “He’s an Argentinian who doesn’t let go well, Émiliano under water “. Mocking words towards the death of Émiliano Sala, Argentine footballer who played in Nantes, who died in a plane crash in the English Channel in January 2019. This song comes a few days after the defeat of Nice in the final of the Coupe de France, against Nantes.

It obviously aroused general indignation, starting with the Nice coach himself: “We apologized to the family of Emiliano Sala. I have no words. If it’s to insult the dead, let them stay at home, if it’s to send bottles, let them stay at home, we will win without these people,” said annoyed Christophe Galtier.

“They really are donkeys”

But it is in Nantes that we find the most virulent reactions. Émiliano Sala had played there from 2015 until his death in 2019. In a press release, the club speaks of “dread and also thanks Christophe Galtier and OGN Nice for their support”. The Nantes coach, on the other hand, had a less polished speech: “I feel sorry for Emiliano’s family. I knew that the supporters could be violent or stupid, but these are really donkeys There are no words to describe the bullshit of these people”, reacts Antoine Kombouaré.

This Thursday morning, the Nice supporters dissociated themselves from what they heard. They replaced their social media profile picture with Emiliano Sala’s face.

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The Disciplinary Committee of the Football League took up the case

The embarrassment is deep, because they are undoubtedly several hundreds to have sung this profanation. Nice and its problematic Tribune populaire Sud have been in the crosshairs of the authorities since the start of the season. The club even lost a point in Ligue 1 after serious incidents against Marseille last August.

Faced with this incident, the Disciplinary Committee of the Football League took up the case. New heavy sanctions are to be feared for this club which is still in the race for the Champions League.

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