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Argentines Pay Tribute to Sala at Special Memorial


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Sun, 17 Feb 2019 07:40 GMT

Grieving Argentines paid tribute to footballer, Emiliano Sala, on February 16th in a special memorial at his home. The body of Sala, 28, who died in a plane crash last month, was laid out in a gymnasium in the town where he grew up, so that friends and family could pay their last respects. The gymnasium of the Atletico y Social San Martin de Progreso club hosted boys' teams, where Sala played as a child.

Before he could make his debut for the Premier League side, a single-engine plane carrying Sala from his French club Nantes to his new team Cardiff City crashed on January 21st in the English Channel.  

Because of a privately-funded underwater search the wreckage was found on February 3rd and his body was recovered three days later. On February 15th, Sala's body was flown back to Argentina and arrived in Buenos Aires before being driven the 538 km (334 miles) to Progreso, where he grew up. 

The following day, February 16th, local residents in the town of around 2,500 people, many wearing the red and black shirt of the local side with the name EMI on the back, began arriving at about 7 am to see the body and pay their last respects. 

Outside, fans draped a banner saying, 'Emi, nunca caminaras solo' or 'Emi, You'll Never Walk Alone.'

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