Cardiff City offers counselling to players and staff over Sala’s disappearance

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Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock has said he considered retirement in the aftermath of the disappearance of Emiliano Sala, while the club have offered counselling to players and staff.

Sala, Cardiff’s €17m signing from Nantes, went missing last Monday when the Piper PA-46 Malibu plane he was travelling in disappeared over the English Channel.

Rescuers ended a three-day search for the forward and pilot David Ibbotson on Thursday, but efforts resumed after private funds were raised to continue the operation.

Speaking at a news conference, Warnock said he had considered whether to continue in football.

Cardiff captain Sol Bamba and his Arsenal counterpart laid flowers on the pitch ahead of Tuesday’s game at the Emirates.

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