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Emotional funeral for Sala held in his Argentine hometown

Posted On: Feb 16, 2019   |   Posted By: National Post

PROGRESSO, Argentina - Family, friends, supporters and former teammates paid tribute to striker Emiliano Sala in his small Argentine hometown on Saturday, almost four weeks after he died when the plane he was in crashed into the English Channel.
The 28-year-old Sala's body received a hero's welcome in Progreso where much of the grieving population paid their last respects to their soccer idol before the body was taken away for cremation.
“It is something that I still cannot understand or accept because it hurts so much,” said Progreso resident Lucia Torres, who was in tears. “My town shut down on Jan. 21 and remains shut down to this day.”
Sala was the best-known figure from Progreso, a town of several thousand inhabitants in Argentina's Santa Fe province, and was adored by many. He had been known since childhood here as “Emi.”
A post-mortem found that Sala died from injuries to his head and torso when his plane crashed in the channel.
The single-engine aircraft was flying from the French city of Nantes to...

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