Nice have released a statement this evening condemning their fans’ shocking chanting about the late Emiliano Sala during tonight’s 4-2 win over Saint-Étienne.
During the 9th minute, a section of the Nice support sang the following, a few days after losing the Coupe de France final to Nantes, his former club:
“He’s an Argentine, who can’t swim well, Emiliano under the water [sous l’eau].”
The chant is a twist on what is usually sung by Nantes and Bordeaux fans in tribute to their former forward, who died in January of 2019 in a plane accident over the English Channel.
In response, the club has expressed their support to Sala’s friends and family and have “strongly condemned” the chant: “The club does not recognise at all its values nor those of the red and black family in this unthinkable and despicable provocation from a minority of its supporters.”