Sala’s tribute to take place in European competitions

Emiliano Sala
SWANSEA, WALES - JANUARY 26: The led screen shows a tribute to Emiliano Sala prior to the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Swansea City and Gillingham at Liberty Stadium on January 26, 2019 in Swansea, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

A minute’s silence will be observed at all Champions League and Europa League matches this week to pay tribute to Emiliano Sala, according to UEFA.

Sala, 28, died on January 21 after the plane he was travelling in from Nantes to Cardiff lost contact with air traffic control and crashed into the English channel. The pilot, David Ibbotson, is still missing.

Sala’s body was eventually identified on February 7 after being recovered from the underwater wreckage last week and brought to shore.

“On behalf of everyone at UEFA, I would like to express my sincerest condolences to the family and loved ones of Emiliano Sala for their loss,” said UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin.

“I am deeply saddened that his life was so cruelly taken away at such a young age and I urge supporters across the continent to pay their respects to his memory over the coming days.”

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - APRIL 11: Eden Hazard of Chelsea celebrates after the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final First Leg match between Slavia Prague and Chelsea at Eden Stadium on April 11, 2019 in Prague, Czech Republic. (Photo by Thomas Eisenhuth/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Match Preview: Chelsea vs Slavia Prague

Chelsea host Slavia Prague at Stamford Bridge this evening looking to book their place in the next round of the Europa League.

Clubs competing in UEFA competition matches this week will also have the option to wear black armbands in memory of Sala, who was born in Argentina but played a large portion of his professional career in France.