Search For Emiliano Sala To Resume After Over £250,000 Is Raised On GoFundMe

A new search to find missing Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala and pilot Dave Ibbotson has been launched after a GoFundMe page pulled in over £250,000 in donations.

The fundraiser was started by Sport Cover - a sports management company founded by Sala's agent Meissa N'Diaye - which gave a €20,000 donation.

Support for the #NoDejenDeBuscar campaign, which translates to 'do not stop searching' - has been nothing short of incredible - with a whole host of players digging deep into their pockets to help the cause.

Nantes players Kalifa Coulibaly, Samuel Moutoussamy, Nicolas Pallois and Fabio - the former Manchester United defender who plays for the Ligue 1 side - all donated, as did the club's manager Vahid Halilhodzic.

Since we last informed you that Chelsea new boy and Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan were among the donors, donations have continued to pour in.

Paris Saint-Germain pair Kylian Mbappe and Adrien Rabiot donated over €55,000 between them to help surpass the set target of €300,000 and bring about a second search.

As per The Mirror, statement on the GoFundMe page read: "The call for funds launched late Friday afternoon allowed the relatives of Emiliano Sala, via a specialised organisation, to resume research in the Channel early Saturday morning. Two boats conduct the operations."

A thorough search from Guernsey Police began on Monday after the aircraft went off the radar over the Channel Islands but it was called off on Thursday after no luck.

However, through the persistence of the player's family, along with please from Argentinian stars Lionel Messi, Diego Maradona and Sergio Aguero, as well as the country's president Mauricio Macri, efforts to find Sala and the pilot are continuing in the form of a private search.

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