Mbappe donates €30.000 to Emiliano Sala search

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French World Cup star Kylian Mbappe has donated €30.000 to a crowdfunding campaign launched to finance a private search mission in the hope of finding missing soccer player Emiliano Sala.

Mbappe’s Paris Saint-Germain teammate Adrien Rabiot and Marseille’s Dmitri Payet as well as several other well known players from across Europe have also made sizable donations to the campaign, which was set up by Sport Cover, the management agency that represents Sala. Ilkay GundoganClorentin TolissoLucas Lima, and Geoffrey Kondogbia are also in the list.

The crowdfunding initiative, which has nearly reached €340.000, was launched in response to the decision by UK authorities to abandon its recovery mission last Thursday.

Sala, who had just signed for Cardiff City, was flying from Nantes to the Welsh capital after saying farewell to his former teammates following his $19.3 million move to the Premier League club.

How is the situation now?

Seven days after the plane carrying Sala, 28, and its pilot, David Ibbotson, went missing over the Channel Islands, and four days on from the suspension of the official search, family members are in Guernseyas the operation takes place.

Relatives of the Argentinian player and their representatives chartered a plane on Monday to fly over Burhou island and the sea north of Alderney. Both spots are close to the plane’s last known position.

Donations from footballers helped a GoFundMe drive to raise money for the search. A statement on the GoFundMe page said: “The call for funds launched late Friday afternoon allowed the relatives of Emiliano Sala, via a specialised organisation, to resume searching in the Channel early Saturday morning. Two boats [will] conduct the operations”.