Kylian Mbappe donates GHC179k to Sala's pilot David Ibbotson search fund

Kylian Mbappe donates GHC179k to Sala's pilot David Ibbotson search fund

- Kylian Mbappe donated £27,000 to assist an appeal for funds set up by the family of missing pilot David Ibbotson

- Ex-England captain Gary Lineker has also donated £1,000

- Mr Ibbotson was flying Cardiff City's Emiliano Sala from Nantes to the UK when their plane crashed on January 21

Kylian Mbappe has splashed out £27,000 (GHC179,000) to further assist an appeal for funds from the family of missing pilot David Ibbotson.

According to BBC report, Mr Ibbotson, from Crowle, was piloting Cardiff City's new signing Emiliano Sala from former club Nantes to his new base when the tragic incident occurred on January 21.

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However, Sala’s body was recovered from the debris of the plane, but the pilot’s body is still missing.

The report further revealed that aside from Mbappe’s £27,000, ex-England skipper Gary Lineker also donated £1,000.

And by the evening on Sunday, over 7,000 donations were received, raising the sum in the account to over £130,000 of the budgeted sum of £300,000.

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PSG forward Mbappe, whose full name is Kylian Mbappe Lottin, placed the donation with the following name Elie Lottin.

In addition, Lineker linked the fundraising page with his Twitter feed, with a short message.

"Here's the Go Fund Me page should you wish to help this poor family".

Interestingly, in launching their own appeal, Mr Ibbotson's family penned the following message:

"We are trying to come to terms with the tragedy and the loss of two incredible men.

"To be told the search has now been called off for the foreseeable future has only made this tragic time more difficult.

"We can not bear the thought of him being alone, we need him home so that we are able to lay him to rest."

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Interestingly, an official search was suspended on January 24, but after an appeal launched by Sala’s agent raked in about £324,000 (371,000 euros) a private search made progress with the recovery of Sala's body and the exact spot the plane crashed.

Earlier, YEN.com.gh reported that Emiliano Sala has finally been confirmed dead after police stated clearly that the body found in the crashed plane is that of the former Cardiff City striker.

Sala's tragic death now throws football fraternities in the world into deep mourning as many had hoped probably he would survive from the plane disaster.

Source: Yen

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