Sick gamers try to profit from missing Sala with inflated prices on FIFA FUT

The £15million striker, 28, is feared dead after his plane went missing over the Channel Islands last night as he travelled from Nantes to new club Cardiff.

And now prices for the Argentinian have rocketed on FIFA's Ultimate Team mode, where gamers trade players and create squads.

Gaming expert Ben Wilson tweeted an image of recent auctions for Sala, with sellers trying to fetch up to 10,000 coins for him.

In comparison, his usual price is normally between 650 and 800 coins but by this morning some listings were more than ten times more expensive.

Gamers earn coins through winning matches with their team or trading players, managers, kits and crests.

One Twitter user said: "People price-fixing Emiliano Sala on FIFA because of his tragic disappearence, are not alright in the head.

"Honestly disgusting. Hopefully he, and everyone else on the plane are alright."

A similar trend happened when similar real-life tragedies have taken place, such as the Chapecoense plane crash in November 2016 and when Davide Astori died.

Another user added: "Part of community of FIFA are toxic, they tried to profit with Júnior malanda death, Astori, chapecoense badges and now Sala."

Cardiff completed the signing of Sala on Saturday but he returned to Nantes to say his goodbyes to his team-mates and collect some belongings to take to Wales.

He was on board the Piper Malibu plane with one other person, when it lost contact at 8.30pm near the Casquets lighthouse, off Alderney.

Bluebirds chairman Mehmet Dalman said today: “We are very concerned by the latest news that a light aircraft lost contact over the Channel last night.

"We are awaiting confirmation before we can say anything further. We are very concerned for the safety of Emiliano Sala."

And Sala's parents have also spoken out after the crash.

Dad Horatio told Argentine TV station Channel 5 News: “A friend told me, I did not know anything, I’m in Rosario, I’m desperate, I hope everything goes well.”

His mother, Mercedes, added: “The plane is from the President of Cardiff City FC, they informed us that the plane had disappeared and that they were looking for it.”

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