The Nice stadium, as announced, respected this Saturday evening during the Ligue 1 match against Lille a minute of applause in memory of Emiliano Sala, Argentine footballer who died in 2019 in a plane crash, three days after a song which had shocked French football and outraged the whole world.
Wednesday during the Nice - Saint-Étienne match, a few days after Nantes beat Nice in the Coupe de France final, some of the OGCN supporters launched a chant targeting the former Nantes striker.
"He's an Argentinian who doesn't swim well, Emiliano underwater", sang the ultras from Nice around the 9th minute, parodying the song ("He's an Argentinian, he doesn't let go, Emiliano Sala" ) that the Nantes supporters sing at each match at this precise minute in tribute to the former N.9 of the Canaries.
The song had moved all of French football and had been firmly condemned by the management of OGC Nice, who said they were "appalled".
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Ahead of Saturday's match, 15,000 T-shirts with Sala's face had been distributed by the club to spectators.
The players also warmed up with it.
Applauded by the Allianz Riviera's Virage Sud, the OGC Nice players entered the pitch wearing t-shirts paying tribute to Emiliano Sala!
🕊✊🏽 #OGCNLOSC |
— Instant Foot ⚽️ (@lnstantFoot) May 14, 2022
In the 9th minute of the match, a portrait of the Argentinian was projected on the two giant screens in the stadium.
The stadium then applauded, like what the Nantes public does at each match.
The Nice public paid tribute to Emiliano #Sala during the 9th minute of #OGCNLOSC 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/q16Za2kGcJ
— OGC Nice (@ogcnice) May 14, 2022
The Popular South stand, from where the song started on Wednesday, for its part continued to encourage its team which had just created a big opportunity.
On the other side, the North bend deployed a banner of support for the
of the Populaire Sud whose subscription was canceled by the OGCN for this match and for next season.
According to several testimonies collected by the Parisian, this man divided for several years within the collective itself because of his uncontrollable behavior, he was also accused of his supposed excessive consumption of alcohol.