A beautiful image that feels good after such a controversy. The Nice stadium held a minute of applause on Saturday during the match against Lille in memory of Emiliano Sala, Argentine footballer who died in 2019 in a plane crash, three days after a song that shocked French football .
Wednesday during the Nice-Saint-Etienne match, four 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 give up, Emiliano Sala“) that the Nantes supporters sing at each match at this precise minute in tribute to the former N.9 of the Canaries.
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The song had moved all of French football and had been strongly condemned by the management of OGC Nice, who said they were “appalled”. Before Saturday’s match, 15,000 T-shirts with Sala’s face were distributed by the club to spectators. The players warmed up with it. 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 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 ‘capo’ of the Popular South whose subscription was canceled by the OGCN for this match and for the 22-23 season.
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