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From Seville to Cardiff to Nantes - players and fans pay tribute to missing striker Emiliano Sala - in pictures

Wissam Ben Yedder reveals touching message as French clubs pay their respects to Argentine striker feared dead

Players and football fans across Europe have paid tribute to Emiliano Sala, the missing Cardiff City striker whose plane disappeared while flying over the English Channel on Monday evening.

The Argentine was on board a Piper PA-46 Malibu plane along with pilot David Ibbotson which disappeared from radar en route from Nantes to Cardiff on Monday evening with authorities having changed mission from search and rescue to recovery with both presumed dead.

Sevilla's French striker Wissam Ben Yedder revealed a message under his shirt after scoring in Wednesday's 2-0 Copa del Rey win over Barcelona that read: "For my brother Sala."

There were tributes for the former Nantes striker across France for Wednesday's French Cup fixtures.

Paris Saint-Germain and Strasbourg fans applauded and chanted Sala's name before their last-16 match at the Parc des Princes while a minute's silence was held during the Monaco v Metz match.

Nantes' own cup tie away at third-tier Entente Sannois Saint-Gratien has been postponed until Sunday, with their players still in shock over Sala's disappearance.

Caen's Moroccan forward Yacine Bammou raised his hands towards the sky after his early goal in the 6-0 rout of sixth-tier amateurs Viry-Chatillon, in tribute to Sala, with whom he played at Nantes last season.

Flowers and candles were left next to a portrait of Sala in front of the entrance of the Nantes' training center La Joneliere in La Chapelle-sur-Erdre, France as well as the town's main square.

Supporters of Cardiff City, whom Sala joined on Saturday for a club record £15 million (Dh71.35m), left messages of support, scarves and flags outside the Premier League club's stadium.

Updated: January 24, 2019 12:12 PM

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