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'Not an accident': Missing football player's ex-girlfriend pleads for search to continue

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The former girlfriend of missing Cardiff striker Emiliano Sala has taken to social media claiming the "football mafia" was behind the plane's disappearance.

The former girlfriend of Emiliano Sala is urging investigators on her social media to continue searching for Premier League football player Emiliano Sala, who is feared dead after his plane disappeared.

In now deleted tweets, Berenice Schkair, 27, claimed that the plane crash was "not an accident" and that the "football mafia" was behind the doomed plane crash in the English Channel. 

In the deleted tweet she wrote: "Investigate the football mafia because I do not believe it was an accident".

The deleted tweet pointed to the football mafia as being behind Emiliano Sala's disappearance.
The deleted tweet pointed to the football mafia as being behind Emiliano Sala's disappearance.
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She has also posted on her Twitter account that "(The plane) cannot disappear have to find Emiliano Sala and the pilot. They cannot stop the search!" 

Meanwhile, rescuers have said there was almost no chance of Sala being found alive after a recording emerged of a fearful voice message he apparently sent from his stricken plane before it disappeared over the English Channel.

Rescue teams reviewed satellite imagery and mobile phone data while four aircraft scoured seas off the island of Alderney, where unidentified debris had been spotted.

However, they suspended their search on Wednesday evening local time after finding no trace of the missing plane after nine hours of hunting.

Cardiff City's new signing and the aircraft's pilot, named on Wednesday as Briton David Ibbotson, had been missing since Monday night and rescuers said chances of finding either of them alive were slim.

Police said a decision on whether to resume the search would be taken early on Thursday.

"We're up there looking for stuff that we don't expect to find," John Fitzgerald, chief officer of the Channel Islands Air Search said.

The search for Argentinian soccer player Emiliano Sala has been called off after a second day of sweeping the seas between France and England.
The search for Argentinian soccer player Emiliano Sala has been called off after a second day of sweeping the seas between France and England.
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"If there was anything on the surface I think we would have found it on the first night because the weather conditions were really good."

The 28-year-old Argentina-born forward was en route from Nantes in western France to make his debut for Premier League side Cardiff.

In a chilling voice message sent to friends, which Argentina's Clarin newspaper said was authenticated by Sala's father, the player expressed concerns about the single-engine Piper Malibu aircraft he was flying in.

"I'm in the plane and it looks like it's going to fall apart," he said. "Dad, I'm really scared."

Supporters gather to pay tribute to Argentinian soccer player Emiliano Sala, in Nantes, western France earlier this week.
Supporters gather to pay tribute to Argentinian soccer player Emiliano Sala, in Nantes, western France earlier this week.
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Britain's Air Accident Investigations Branch said it had opened an investigation into the disappearance of the US registered aircraft.

Sala joined Cardiff from FC Nantes last week for a club record fee of about 17 million euros ($A27 million), having scored 12 goals for the French club this season.

Cardiff fans laid tributes outside their stadium to a player they barely knew but had built high hopes around.

In Nantes, supporters laid rows of yellow flowers and held club scarves aloft in the city centre late on Tuesday.

British media on Wednesday cited Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman as saying the club had not organised Sala's travel plans.

"He declined and made his own arrangements," Mehmet was quoted as saying.

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