Nantes fined by the French Football League for tribute to Emiliano Sala

Nantes have been fined for the use of flares during tributes to Emiliano Sala in January.

Fans of the French club set off flares and held up a giant banner of the striker during a clash against Saint-Etienne – the first fixture after he disappeared last month.

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Nantes have been fined for the tribute during the St Etienne fixture

And the French Football League have since fined the Ligue 1 side 16,000 euros (£14,400) for the incident due to the use of smoke.

Sala died when the light aircraft carrying him from Nantes to Cardiff crashed into the English Channel on January 21, just two days after he completed a £13million move to the Welsh capital.

In the first game following the confirmation of his death, against Nimes, Nantes let off pyrotechnics to pay tribute to the 28-year-old.

The FFL have also issued a smaller fine of 4,500 euros (£3,900) for the incident during the Nimes game for ‘use of pyrotechnics and throwing objects’.

Sala scored 48 goals in 133 games for Nantes, including 12 Ligue 1 goals this season before he agreed to join Cardiff.

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Nantes fans following the news of Sala’s disappearance

Meanwhile, pilot David Ibbotson, the only other person on board the flight, is still missing.

Paris Saint-Germain and France star Kylian Mbappe has donated £27,000 to help fund the search for the missing pilot.

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