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Emiliano Sala’s sister, 29, ‘is in a critical condition after trying to take her own life’ 


Tragic Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala’s sister, 29, ‘is in a critical condition after trying to take her own life’ two years after his death in plane crash

  • Emiliano Sala’s sister ‘in a critical condition after attempting to take her own life’
  • Romina Sala ‘is being treated in Jose Maria Cullen Hospital, Santa Fe, Argentina’
  • She has continued to post about Emiliano on social media following his death

Tragic footballer Emilinano Sala’s sister is in critical condition in a hospital in Argentina after what is believed to have been a suicide attempt. 

Romina Sala, 29, was rushed to hospital in Santa Fe, northern Argentina, on Monday night after being found unconscious at her home.

Romina, who has led the Sala family’s fight for justice over her brother’s tragic 2019 death, was found by a friend who went to check on her after receiving ‘concerning’ WhatsApp messages.    

Emiliano Sala’s 29-year-old sister is reportedly in a critical condition after attempting to take her own life more than two years after the footballer’s disappearance and death, according to Argentine media

Romina Sala, who has been the spokeswoman for the family since January 2019, is being treated in the Jose Maria Cullen Hospital in Santa Fe, Argentina, unnamed hospital sources told website TN Deportivo

Romina Sala, who has been the spokeswoman for the family since January 2019, is being treated in the Jose Maria Cullen Hospital in Santa Fe, Argentina, unnamed hospital sources told website TN Deportivo

On Tuesday, doctors told Argentine newspaper La Nacion that Romina was ‘on a respirator and her condition is critical. 

‘We are working with an important group of specialists, trying to save her life,’ they added.

Romina had become de-facto spokesman for the Sala family when she flew to the UK to spearhead efforts to find her brother’s body after a plane he was on crashed in the English Channel.

Emiliano, 28 and a talented striker, had been flying from French city Nantes to Cardiff on January 21 to complete a £15million transfer between clubs when his plane came down near the island of Guernsey.

Search teams were unable to find the wreck for two weeks until a private mission paid for by the family finally located it on February 8.

Inside the shattered aircraft, they found Emiliano’s body and he was taken back to Argentina so he could be buried.

The body of pilot David Ibbotson has still not been recovered.

A subsequent investigation found that Ibbotson had been hired for the flight by David Henderson, 66, who was supposed to have been behind the controls on the fateful trip but had contracted the job out.

Neither Ibbotson nor the plane he was piloting were licenced to carry out commercial flights, investigators found.

Ibbotson was also ‘not competent to fly’ at night or in bad weather which affected his trip from Nantes to Cardiff. 

Emiliano's body was recovered after the single-engine Piper Malibu plane carrying the 28-year-old Argentinian, who was involved in a multimillion-pound transfer from FC Nantes in France to Cardiff City FC, crashed north of Guernsey

Emiliano’s body was recovered after the single-engine Piper Malibu plane carrying the 28-year-old Argentinian, who was involved in a multimillion-pound transfer from FC Nantes in France to Cardiff City FC, crashed north of Guernsey

The report concluded that the plane had broken up in the air while travelling too fast and that Ibbotson had lost control while trying to avoid bad weather. 

Henderson is currently being prosecuted for endangering the safety of an aircraft, as well as attempting to discharge a passenger without valid permission. He has pleaded not guilty to both charges.

The case has been delayed by the Covid pandemic, which caused frustration for Sala’s family because an inquest into his death cannot be carried out until the proceedings have concluded.

In January, the family issued a statement saying they are ‘still waiting for answers’ amid growing frustration at the amount of time it is taking to learn the full facts of Emiliano’s death.

Romina had continued to write and post about her brother on social media following his tragic death – at turns angry, heartfelt and profound.

Sharing an image on his birthday, October 31, two years ago, she wrote: ‘There are no words that can describe the pain.

‘Happy birthday brother! Where ever you are, give us the strength to go on. I wish everything were different… I promise you we will not stop until the end. Kisses to heaven.’ 

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