This morning, football fans across the world woke up to the news that the plane carrying new Bluebirds signing Emiliano Sala had gone missing.
Cardiff City have since released a statement and expect to make a further one when more information becomes available.
The player had travelled back to France to say his goodbyes to his former Nantes teammates.
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— FC Nantes (@FCNantes) January 21, 2019
Guernsey Police said, “a light aircraft left Nantes at 19:15 last night and had been flying at 5,000ft when it contacted Jersey air traffic control requesting descent.
“The plane lost contact while at 2,300ft.
“Sightings of red flares were reported during a lifeboat and helicopter search, but “nothing of significance was found”, a Channel Islands Air Search spokeswoman added.
THE CARDIFF CITY STATEMENT:
“We were very shocked upon hearing the news that the plane had gone missing. We expected Emiliano to arrive last night into Cardiff and today was due to be his first day with the team.
“Our owner, Tan Sri Vincent Tan, and chairman, Mehmet Dalman, are all very distressed about the situation.
“We made the decision first thing this morning to call off training with the thoughts of the squad, management staff and the entire Club with Emiliano and the pilot.
“All of us at Cardiff City FC would like to thank our fans, and the entire footballing family for their support at this difficult time.
“We continue to pray for positive news.”
Thoughts and prayers from the football world including clubs, players and pundits have paid tribute to Sala – take a look on the next page.