Arsenal supporters to be given daffodil badges by Cardiff fans in touching Sala tribute before Premier League clash

Bluebirds fans will offer their counterparts yellow daffodil badges to wear in the first game since the Argentine's disappearance.

The search for the 29-year-old was concluded last week, three days after the light aircraft carrying him and pilot David Ibbotson went missing over the Channel Islands.

Teams across the country wore black armbands over the weekend following the news but Sala's family were unhappy due to the striker having not been pronounced dead.

Millwall and Everton's players therefore ditched the tribute for their FA Cup game on Saturday.

A 'moment of silent reflection' will be held before each Premier League game this week, including at The Emirates Stadium on Tuesday.

Neil Warnock, manager of the South Wales club, has labelled the aftermath of the incident his "most difficult week in football".

Cardiff's players and staff will wear the daffodil, the national flower of Wales which also has significance to Sala's former club Nantes, during the game.

Sala's family have been invited to the match and the visit of Bournemouth this weekend.

The tributes will continue in the stands with both sets of fans also bearing the Narcissus pseudonarcissus – which is also the county flower of Gloucestershire.

Though Guernsey police have lost hope of finding Sala and Ibbotson, an independent underwater exploration will be conducted.

An online crowdfunding pledge led by the Sala family, supported by the likes of Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe and Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, has reached the target of £260,000 required to fund the operation.

Lionel Messi and Diego Maradonna have also backed calls for the searches to be resumed.

A vessel is currently being prepared but adverse weather conditions mean the job may not begin until Sunday.

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