A friend to missing Argentine international footballer Emiliano Sala has claimed the former Nantes striker was ‘forced’ to board the plane that went missing.
According to America Noticias, Maximiliano Duarte, Sala’s friend, claimed the new Cardiff signing didn’t want to get on the plane because of the weather situation.
“There is a guilty in this story since Emiliano didn’t want to get on that plane. That evening, I had advised him to give up, given the weather conditions,” he said.
It could be recalled that the plane where Emiliano Sala and the pilot David Ibbotson were travelling to Cardiff from Nantes was found on Sunday in the English Channel and the head of the team appointed by Sala’s family for the researches, David Mearns said:
“The costs for the recovery of the plane are high, it is true, but what is the importance of money compared to the desire of two families to have justice? It can be useful to find clues about what happened”, he told L’Equipe.
Sala had agreed to join Cardiff from Nantes and Italy coach Roberto Mancini sent scouts to watch him as the striker had a double Argentinean-Italian passport and could’ve been eligible to play for the Azzurri.