Neil Warnock Reduced To Tears After Emotional Game For Cardiff City

Heather Diaz
February 3, 2019

Cardiff City missed out on transfer deadline day signings because players did not want to join the club after the disappearance of Emiliano Sala, according to manager Neil Warnock.

"I'm really proud and I'm sure he would have been", he said.

"I said to the lads: 'I know he's not here today, but Emiliano would have been proud of us all today'".

"I started clapping [after the game] and the volume got worse and higher and higher".

"I thought they [the players] were awesome".

"I was really pleased for the chairman, Mehmet (Dalman), and for (chief executive) Ken Choo". The fans were just wonderful.

The family have refused to give up hope of finding the 28-year-old alive.

Sala has been missing since the plane he was travelling in vanished on 21 January.

"I just felt today really vast pride", Warnock added.

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"We have been profoundly moved by the goodwill and love that the football world has shared in support of our club, FC Nantes and the families of the missing men". I thought they were at Arsenal - I was disappointed we didn't win the other night.

"I was very emotional".

"I was all right until the final whistle and when I went on the pitch", Warnock said.

"Every fan stayed and the noise volume was unbelievable".

"I've never seen anything like it, and I will remember it for the rest of my life".

It was Cardiff's first home game since that day and the city united to pay tribute.

There were a series of heartfelt tributes before kick-off, with Sala's photograph appearing on the front cover of the matchday programme and the two captains, Sol Bamba and Andrew Surman, laying floral tributes on the halfway line before what the club called a "silent reflection".

"We knew they'd have a lot of possession, they've got some good players". I can't be more proud.

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