Spurs trio make heartfelt plea for striker

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Three Tottenham Hotspur players have joined calls for rescuers to continue the search for the plane carrying Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala.

Juan Foyth, Paulo Gazzaniga and Erik Lamela are all compatriots of the Argentine forward and have taken to social media to lend their support.

They joined pleas made by the striker’s family along with two icons of football from his homeland in Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona. More than 60,000 people have signed an online petition demanding the search for the missing aircraft continues.

Guernsey Police called off the search for Sala and pilot David Ibbotson on Thursday afternoon, prompting calls from across football for it to be resumed.

The single-turbine engine Piper PA-46 Malibu left Nantes for Cardiff at 7.15pm on Monday, and after requesting to descend, lost contact with Jersey air traffic control.

The Welsh club signed 28-year-old Sala for a club-record fee to bolster their attack and he had been due to start training on Tuesday.

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