Argentinian authorities and Emiliano Sala’s family have called for Friday to resume research after the death on Monday over the Channel of the plane that transported the 28-year-old footballer.
“President Mauricio Macri has ordered Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie to make a formal request to the governments of the United Kingdom and France to request the continuation of the research,” announces a statement from the Argentine Ministry.
The single-engine aircraft disappeared from the radar screens as it flew off the Anglo-Norman island of Guernsey in the English Channel. He was transporting the pilot David Ibbotson and the Italian-Argentinian player Emiliano Sala from Nantes, where he had previously played in Cardiff, Wales, the city of his new club, with which he had just signed up.
The attacker’s relatives also implored the rescuers to reconsider the decision taken Thursday afternoon to interrupt the search.
Dario Sala is convinced that his brother “is alive and waiting for us” and stressed that the family “did not lose hope”. “We will continue until the end, we will not stop looking, we will never stop,” said his sister, Romina Sala, at a press conference in Cardiff.
Their requests were relayed by several Argentine internationals, including Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, or Nicolas Otamendi.
A petition to this effect was launched online by FC Nantes and its supporters, gathering more than 71,000 signatures Friday at 20:00 GMT.