Sala's Search Resumes After Football Fraternity Donates £250,000 to look for Doomed Plane

Rohit Ganguly  |  Tragedy  |  2 Months Ago

Within two days of Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala’s rescue mission being aborted by the authorities, the football fraternity came together to fund a campaign to reinstate the search of the Argentine ace.


A GoFundMe page was set up by the football players to donate an amount in order to reinstate the search which was given up by the official authorities after 3 continued days of rigorous scurrying over the Channel Islands which encompassed an area of almost 1700sq. miles. There were significant tracts which were inspected for more than once, with 80 hours combined flying time across three planes and five helicopters. There were a couple of lifeboats which assisted the search too along with help from the passer-by ships.


After reviewing all the collated reports, the officials decided to call it a day, citing that the chances of Sala being alive are extremely remote.


With the search being called off, Emiliano’s sister and father came out with earnest pleas to resume the search for the footballer as they still had hopes of the striker being alive. It was Sala’s brothers from the football canon, who responded loud and clear to the plea.


The aim of the Go Fund Me page was to garner £300,000 to resume the search in the English Channel where the plane carrying Sala and his pilot Ibbotson disappeared last week.

The campaign started riveting significant attention from the footballers worldwide who started donating their hearts out to come to the deliverance of their brother. The fundraising campaign reached its target with the French wunderkind Kylian Mbappe donating £30,010 to take the amount past the stipulated target.


Players who rose up to the occasion were Mbappe’s compatriot at PSG, Adrien Rabiot who chipped in with an amount of £25,000, Marseille’s Dimitri Payet donated £10,000, and they were joined by the FifPro World Players union who came in with £5000.


Other players to contribute include

  • Morgan Sanson (€5,000)
  • Nordi Mukiele (€4,000)
  • Lukitaz Ocampos (€4,000)
  • Ilkay Gundogan (2,000)
  • Lauent Koscielny (2,000)
  • Isaac Mbenza (€4,000)
  • Papu Gomez (€2,000)
  • Geoffrey Kondogbia (€2,000)
  • Vahid Halilhodzic (Nantes head coach, €2,000)
  • Jocelyn Gourvennec (€2,000)
  • Fernando Forestieri (€2,000)
  • Adama Soumaoro (€2,000)
  • Jean-Victor Makengo (€1,500)
  • Diego Carlos (€1,500)
  • Corentin Tolisso (€1,000)
  • Deaux Lucas (€1,000)
  • Wahbi Khazri (€1,000)
  • Benoit Costil (€1,000)
  • Léo Dubois (€1,000)
  • Prince Oniangue (€1,000)
  • Nolan Roux (€1,000)
  • Nicolas Benezet (€1,000)
  • Valentin Rongier (€1,000)
  • Jordan Veretout (€1,000)
  • Jeremy Morel (€1,000)
  • Paul Baysse (€1,000)
  • Maxime Le Marchand (€1,000)
  • Maxime Gonalons (€1,000)
  • Rodrigue Ninga (€1,000)
  • Ryan Bertrand (€1,000)


There were also pleas from the Argentine duo of Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi on social media to resume the search until some conclusive evidence has been gathered.


Two boats were taken to resume the search for the missing striker under the chaperonage of UK based chartered marine scientist, David Mearns. Mearns is supposed to use the latest underwater technology to scan the 60m deep seabed around Casquets island, eight miles north-east of Alderney, which was the last known location of the plane.


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