Emiliano Sala’s mother spoke for the first time about her son’s death and raised the family’s doubts: “That plane was not in good condition and the pilot never appeared”

Mercedes Carina Taffarel, mother of Emiliano Sala
Mercedes Carina Taffarel, mother of Emiliano Sala

Three years after the death of Emiliano Sala and a few days before the final trial, Mercedes Carina Taffarel, mother of the soccer player, spoke for the first time in the media. The woman, in dialogue with The Coastrecalled what happened prior to the tragic flight from Nantes to Cardiff and raised the doubts that the family has.

The plane that was carrying the forward crashed in the English Channel and the body was found 67 meters under the sea, north of the Island of Guernsey, after several days of searching. Pilot David Ibbotson, on the other hand, was never found.

“The final part of the trial is here and I want justice to be done, for the world to know the truth… Emiliano was a good boy, who believed in people… They failed Emiliano!”, began his story the mother of the scorer, who held in her hands the last photo together, which was taken at the Nantes airport. And then, she lashed out: “No one returns my son to me, but I want those who organized that trip to pay, including the person in charge of the plane… That plane was not in condition and the pilot who never showed up and we don’t know anything… It’s strange because he was looking for both of them and the pilot’s family never contacted me!

The altar that the Nantes fans raised for Emiliano Sala (REUTERS / Stephane Mahe / File Photo)
The altar that the Nantes fans raised for Emiliano Sala (REUTERS / Stephane Mahe / File Photo)

Although he did not want to give the name of the person who hired the plane, Mercedes stressed that “Emiliano did not hire him, they hired him. I distrust and I just want justice to be done. When I was at the airport… He told me: “Mom, I’ll be in England in two hours and I’ll call you back”… And the call never came… The first thing I thought was that he was very tired and had fallen asleep”. “He trusted people, he did not doubt at any time… The only thing he told me was: ‘Mom, they got me a private flight.’ And I asked him how much it was going to cost him. And a person told him that ‘he paid for it with the goals’”he added.

The woman, who revealed that she plans to travel to Europe to be in the final part of the trial (failing that, Dario, one of Emiliano’s brothers, will go), provided details of the difficult moment in which she learned the news of the accident: ” We were in my house and my son Darío gave a terrifying scream… That scream still resonates in my ears, I can’t get it out, I feel it every moment… Darío yells at me: “Mom, Emiliano disappeared!”… Very painful… I didn’t know what to do, I couldn’t believe it, it seemed like a lie… I refused”.

On the actions of Cardiff, who never made the payment of 17 million euros for the athlete’s file, Taffarel outlined: “They have to give me everything my son deserved… And that’s why I’m also going to fight, because it’s what he would have wanted me to fight for what belongs to him”. On the other hand, he revealed that they did not collect life insurance either.

“I want to believe that justice is going to be done, because it cannot be that in three years I have nothing… I want to trust Europe, I want to trust England,” Emiliano Sala’s mother concluded.

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Emiliano Sala’s mother spoke for the first time about her son’s death and raised the family’s doubts: “That plane was not in good condition and the pilot never appeared”