OGC Nice condemned “with the greatest firmness”, Wednesday evening May 11, the song of its supporters mocking Emiliano Sala, the former Argentinian striker of FC Nantes who died in a plane crash in 2019.
The coaches of Nice and Nantes, Christophe Galtier and Antoine Kombouaré, also expressed their indignation after this song heard at the Allianz Riviera, during the late match of the Aiglons against AS Saint-Etienne (4-2).
OGC Nice “does not recognize its values or those of the entire red and black family in this unthinkable and abject provocation of a minority of its supporters”, explained the club in a press release, bringing “its support for the family and loved ones of Emiliano Sala”.
Christophe Galtier apologized to Emiliano Sala’s family and to FC Nantes, “on behalf of [his] players, technical and medical staff”:
“I have no words to describe what we heard. Upon returning to the locker room, there were no cries, joy… but amazement. You can hear a lot of things in a football stadium. But there, where do insults against a deceased footballer come from. They came from a few people, but they weren’t just three. But let them stay at home with their bottles and their insults. If this is our society, we are screwed. »
” It is shameful “
“Human bullshit has no limit, I am outraged,” added Nantes coach Antoine Kombouaré, questioned in the mixed zone after the Canaries’ victory against Rennes (2-1) in the evening in Nantes:
“These guys don’t belong in a stadium. They really should be banned. It is shameful. I feel sorry for Emiliano’s family. I knew fans could be violent, jerks, but there…”
Emiliano Sala died in January 2019, at the age of 28, when the small private plane which brought him back to Cardiff, where he had just been transferred for 17 million euros, crashed in the English Channel.
“He’s an Argentinian who doesn’t swim well, Emiliano underwater,” sang part of the Nice audience around the 9th minute, parodying the song (“He’s an Argentinian, he doesn’t let go, Emiliano Sala”) that the Nantes supporters sing in every game at this minute.
Usually, it is not uncommon for opposing supporters to join in the song in tribute to the former No. 9. The Nantes residents sang it on Saturday at the Stade de France during the Coupe de France final won 1-0 by the Canaries in front of the Aiglons.
On Wednesday, the Nice public also hurled insults at Stéphanie Frappart, the referee of the final, guilty in their eyes of having awarded an imaginary penalty to the Nantes people.