Cushions found in search for Sala's plane

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The plane disappeared with Sala, 28, and pilot David Ibbotson, from Crowle, North Lincolnshire, on board last week.

In the first match for Nantes since Sala's disappearance on January 21, the referee also halted play after nine minutes so the crowd could applaud him and chant his name over and over again.

"It is very hard to even describe how the players are feeling", Bamba said. I know him because he played with me in Sevilla.

With Sala having been in the thoughts of many supporters across Europe since his disappearance, the player's sister Romina visited the Cardiff City stadium after tributes were left underneath the Fred Keenor statue.

Winterburn added, "I'm all about supporting the manager that comes into your club".

"The whole community is sad, the fans never met him, but what they did for him was remarkable, we will never forget that".

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"Denis Suarez has much been talked about, especially over the last 24 hours when it appeared to be confirmed at the Barcelona end yesterday evening".

"It would have been disrespectful to celebrate", Cabella said.

Denis Suarez's loan move from Barcelona to Arsenal is all-but completed despite the LaLiga giants deleting an announcement of the deal on their club website on Wednesday afternoon.

"We are aware that a privately operated search is also being conducted in the area", an AAIB statement said.

Supporters unfurled banners supporting Sala and flew Argentinian flags in the stands.

Hundreds of Nantes fans had held a vigil in the French city last week shortly after the first searches had failed to find the player.

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Air accident investigators say two seat cushions have been found which are likely to have come from the plane carrying Argentine soccer player Emiliano Sala.

His plane disappeared over the English Channel between France and the United Kingdom, however, with no trace of either Sala or pilot David Ibbotson having been found since then.

Sala scored 48 goals from 133 appearances for Nantes. He had a strong working relationship with Halilhodzic, one of the best strikers in Nantes history.

Initial search and rescue efforts had spanned three days without finding any trace of the plane, before the authorities opted to call a halt to their scanning of the area.

Britain's Air Accidents Investigation Branch said Wednesday that the cushions were found by French authorities on the Cotentin Peninsula.

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