Paris Saint-Germain will continue their bid for a fifth straight Coupe de France title with a quarter-final meeting against fellow Ligue 1 side Dijon.

Thomas Tuchel's men reached the last eight with a 3-0 extra-time win over third-tier side Villefranche on Wednesday.

The four-time defending champions and record 12-time winners will host Dijon in the last eight.

The only other all-Ligue 1 tie will see either Guingamp or Lyon, who meet on Thursday, host Caen.

Rennes will host Ligue 2 side Orleans, while fourth-tier outfit Vitre welcome Nantes to the Stade Municipal.

The games are set to be played on February 26 and 27.

Nantes has asked that Cardiff City pay the record transfer fee for would-be forward Emilio Sala, whose plane went missing on the way to his new club. Sala is presumed dead and the wreckage of the plane he travelled in was found with a body inside. Are they being insensitive given the sadness of the event?

A body has been successfully recovered from the wreckage of the plane that went down in the English Channel with Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala on board. 

The UK's Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) confirmed late on Wednesday that the victim, who has not been publicly identified, will now be passed to the Dorset Coroner, having been recovered with the help of specialist contractors. 

The Piper Malibu aircraft disappeared with Sala and pilot David Ibbotson on board on January 21. 

A private search was launched, backed by donations from the public, after authorities halted their initial efforts to find the plane and the wreckage was found under water on Sunday, 24 nautical miles north west of Guernsey. 

The AAIB said one of the occupants was visible amid the remains of the plane and have now confirmed that a recovery has been successful. 

However, it said attempts to retrieve the aircraft have been stopped due to bad weather.

"Following extensive visual examination of the accident site using the remotely operated vehicle (ROV), it was decided to attempt recovery operations," the AAIB said in a statement.

"In challenging conditions, the AAIB and its specialist contractors successfully recovered the body previously seen amidst the wreckage. The operation was carried out in as dignified a way as possible and the families were kept informed of progress.

"Unfortunately, attempts to recover the aircraft wreckage were unsuccessful before poor weather conditions forced us to return the ROV to the ship.  The weather forecast is poor for the foreseeable future and so the difficult decision was taken to bring the overall operation to a close.  The body is currently being taken to Portland to be passed into the care of the Dorset Coroner. 

"Although it was not possible to recover the aircraft, the extensive video record captured by the ROV is expected to provide valuable evidence for our safety investigation.

"We expect our next update to be an interim report, which we intend to publish within one month of the accident occurring."

Sala had been travelling to Cardiff after saying goodbye to his former team-mates at Nantes, having sealed a transfer to the Premier League in a club-record deal for the Bluebirds.

Nantes have reportedly demanded the first €6million instalment of the transfer fee, with Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman insisting they would send the payment "when we think it's the right time to do it".

"The first reason is that the body has not been recovered yet," he told L'Equipe about the lack of payment so far. "We must show respect to the family. There is a process for recovering the plane."

Cardiff City chairman Mehmet Dalman has confirmed the Bluebirds are yet to pay Nantes the first instalment for missing striker Emiliano Sala.

Earlier on Wednesday reports emerged that the Ligue 1 club were demanding six of the €15million from the Premier League club for the Argentine forward.

The plane carrying Sala – and pilot David Ibbotson - from Nantes to Cardiff went missing on January 21, with Guernsey Police undertaking a search for the Piper Malibu aircraft in the following days.

After that exploration was stopped, a privately-funded search for the aircraft was launched and the plane was found on Sunday, with the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) confirming one passenger is visible in the submerged wreckage.

The AAIB will attempt to recover the body and, out of respect for Sala's family, Dalman says Cardiff will allow that process to be completed before dealing with the payment to Nantes.

"The only thing I can say, because it is a sensitive subject, is that I confirm that what you are saying [that Cardiff haven't paid the first instalment] is true," he told L'Equipe.

"And to be honest, I do not want to say anything more at this time."

When asked why they are yet to pay, Dalman added: "The first reason is that the body has not been recovered yet.

"We must show respect to the family. There is a process for recovering the plane. It's too early for us to comment.

"[We will pay] when we think it's the right time to do it.

"I don't think Cardiff said we were not going to pay."

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) are attempting to recover the body found in the wreckage of the light aircraft that carried Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson.

A search using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) located the plane on the seabed off Guernsey on Sunday.

"Tragically, in video footage from the ROV, one occupant is visible amidst the wreckage," a statement from AAIB read.

Following consultation with the families of Cardiff City striker Sala and pilot Ibbotson and police, it has been decided a recovery operation will be carried out.

A spokesperson for AAIB said: "We are attempting to recover the body. If we are successful, we will consider the feasibility of recovering the aircraft wreckage.

"Strong tidal conditions mean we can only use the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) for limited periods each day and this will mean that progress is slow.

"Regardless of the results, we will not be making a further statement until the families have been informed."

The Piper Malibu plane went missing over the English Channel on January 21, with Sala travelling to back to Cardiff after completing a club-record move from Ligue 1 club Nantes.

An initial search and rescue effort was called off by Guernsey Police after three days on January 24.

Guernsey harbourmaster Captain David Barker called their chances of survival "extremely remote", but a number of high-profile football figures and members of the public answered the family's calls to fund a private search operation.

 

One occupant is visible in the submerged wreckage of the plane that went missing with Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala on board, the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has confirmed. 

The wreckage of the plane carrying Emiliano Sala which disappeared has been found in the English Channel, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has confirmed.

David Mearns, who is co-ordinating the privately funded search for the aircraft which was carrying Sala and pilot David Ibbotson, stated the wreckage was discovered on Sunday morning and added their families have been informed.

The AAIB confirmed to Omnisport the debris had been located, with an official statement to follow on Monday as attempts to recover the aircraft begin.

"Wreckage of the plane carrying Emiliano Sala and piloted by David Ibbotson was located early this morning [Sunday] by the FPV MORVEN," Mearns wrote on Twitter.

"As agreed with the AAIB they moved the GEO OCEAN III over the position we provided them to visually identify the plane by ROV.

"The families of Emiliano Sala and David Ibbotson have been notified by Police. The AAIB will be making a statement tomorrow. Tonight our sole thoughts are with the families and friends of Emiliano and David."

An underwater search had begun earlier on Sunday, involving the AAIB and a privately funded vessel.

The previous significant update from the AAIB had come when seat cushions thought to be from the plane were found on a beach in northern France on Wednesday.

It is 10 days since Guernsey Police ceased looking for the Piper Malibu aircraft, which Sala was aboard with Ibbotson.

The plane went missing over the English Channel en route to Cardiff from Nantes on January 21.

Sala, 28, had just completed a transfer to Cardiff City and had been back in France bidding farewell to his former team-mates at Ligue 1 side Nantes.

Initial search and rescue efforts had spanned three days without finding any trace of the plane, before the authorities opted to call a halt to their scanning of the area.

The Guernsey harbourmaster Captain David Barker called their chances of survival "extremely remote", but a number of high-profile football figures and members of the public answered the family's calls to fund a private search operation that has been headed up by Mearns.

The wreckage of the plane carrying Emiliano Sala which disappeared has been found in the English Channel, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has confirmed.

Vahid Halilhodzic said Nantes' 1-1 draw with Saint-Etienne was the hardest match of his career after the Ligue 1 club paid emotional tributes to their missing former player Emiliano Sala.

On Wednesday, Nantes played their first match since Sala went missing onboard a private jet on January 21 having completed a transfer to Cardiff City days before.

Nine days on, authorities believe the only trace of the aircraft they have found are two seat cushions that were discovered on Monday.

After hearing of Sala's disappearance, Nantes pushed back their match with Saint-Etienne and arranged for numerous marks of respect for the striker.

Players took to the pitch in shirts bearing Sala's name, there was a cover showing his face in the centre circle and the match was stopped in the ninth minute for applause.

Once the game got underway, Nantes fell behind to a Remy Cabella strike but sealed a point thanks to Abdul Majeed Waris.

However, the result was not important to Halilhodzic, who was proud his players got through a difficult night.

"This is probably the toughest game I had to prepare," he told reporters. "My team showed a great attitude ... the reaction after the opener...I told my players 'I am very proud of you'.

"After a difficult start, we then controlled the game, we had a few chances, which is why I said that my players were exceptional in such a context. I told them that we will win the other matches with such an attitude, it is really a reaction of pride.

"We will never forget Emiliano, he is an exceptional boy. I hope the boys will smile again.

"I want to congratulate the fans and the players for the dignity of this evening."

Midfielder Valentin Rongier echoed his coach's comments, saying: "It was an evening with a lot of feelings but we tried to give our best. I think we achieved that.

"It was very hard, especially at the beginning when we came onto the pitch. It took time for us to focus."

Meanwhile, Abdoulaye Toure added: "We knew there would be a lot of emotion. That's why we needed to play good because he [Sala] gave us so much for many years."

Nantes paid tribute to their missing former player Emiliano Sala with a centre-circle cover showing his face ahead of their rearranged Ligue 1 match against Saint-Etienne.

Guernsey Police on Thursday ceased looking for Sala, who was aboard a Piper Malibu aircraft with pilot David Ibbotson when the plane went missing over the English Channel en route to Cardiff from Nantes on January 21.

Sala completed a transfer to Cardiff City the weekend before and had been back in France bidding farewell to his colleagues at Nantes.

Nine days on, authorities believe the only trace of the aircraft they have found are two seat cushions which were discovered on Monday.

After hearing of Sala's disappearance, Nantes' match against Saint-Etienne was pushed back four days to Wednesday, and Nantes arranged for multiple tributes on an emotional day.

Nantes players took to the pitch with jerseys all bearing Sala's name, as well as the message "animo Emi", before standing in front of a centre-circle cover showing the striker's face.

In the dressing room, the club hung up a shirt also bearing a photo of Sala in the place he would have usually prepared himself.

Visitors Saint-Etienne wore "pray for Sala" jerseys during their warm-up.

Supporters then unfurled a huge tifo depicting Sala just prior to kick-off, starting the match with a rousing rendition of his name.

And the referee stopped play as the clock showed nine minutes, allowing for the players to take part in an emotional minute's applause for the striker who wore No.9.

The tributes came a day after Sala was honoured at the Emirates Stadium, where Cardiff faced Arsenal in their first match since the aircraft went missing.

Cardiff's staff and fans wore daffodils, with the flowers also handed out alongside the official matchday programme, which listed Sala as part of the Welsh side's squad.

Club chief executive Ken Choo explained the use of the daffodil last Friday, highlighting its significance for both Wales and Nantes – the latter of whom wear yellow.

Seat cushions thought to be from the plane that went missing with Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala on board have been found on a beach in northern France, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has confirmed.

Guernsey Police on Thursday ceased looking for Sala, who was aboard a Piper Malibu aircraft with pilot David Ibbotson when the plane went missing over the English Channel en route to Cardiff from Nantes on January 21.

Sala completed a transfer to Cardiff the weekend before and had been back in France bidding farewell to his colleagues at Nantes.

Initial search and rescue efforts had spanned three days without finding any trace of the plane, before the authorities opted to call a halt to their scanning of the area.

But, a week on from the incident, the AAIB were alerted to two seat cushions found on a beach near the town of Surtainville, and they are now preparing to comb an area of the seabed in an attempt to find wreckage.

"On the morning of Monday 28 January, we were advised by the Bureau d'Enquetes and d'Analyses (BEA), the French safety investigation authority, that part of a seat cushion had been found on a beach near Surtainville on the Cotentin Peninsula," the AAIB announced in a statement on Wednesday.

"A second cushion was found in the same area later that day. From a preliminary examination we have concluded that it is likely that the cushions are from the missing aircraft.

"From the moment we were notified of the missing aircraft, we have been looking at the feasibility of conducting an underwater seabed search for aircraft wreckage. Based on a detailed assessment of the flight path and last known radar position, we have now identified a priority search area of approximately four square nautical miles.

"Through the Ministry of Defence's Salvage and Marine Operations (SALMO) Project Team, we have commissioned a specialist survey vessel to carry out an underwater survey of the seabed to try to locate and identify possible aircraft wreckage.

"Due to the weather and sea conditions, we currently expect our underwater seabed search to start at the end of this weekend and to take up to three days. Side-scan sonar equipment will be used to try to locate the wreckage on the seabed. If the wreckage is found, a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) will be used to visually examine the wreckage.

"We are aware that a privately operated search is also being conducted in the area, and we are liaising closely with those involved to maximise the chance of locating any wreckage and ensure a safe search operation.

"Our remit is to undertake safety investigations to establish the cause of accidents. We do not apportion blame or liability."

Arsenal and Cardiff City have paid tribute to missing striker Emiliano Sala by handing out daffodils with the match programme at the Emirates Stadium.

Guernsey Police have ended their search and rescue operation for Sala, who was on board a Piper Malibu aircraft with pilot David Ibbotson when the plane went missing en route to the Welsh capital from Nantes last Monday.

Sala became Cardiff's club-record signing the weekend before and the 28-year-old's family have since been able to restart the search thanks to a crowdfunding effort.

Tuesday's Premier League trip to Arsenal is Cardiff's first match since Sala disappeared, and the Welsh club's staff and fans are expected to wear yellow daffodils.

The flower will also be handed out alongside the official matchday programme, which lists Sala as part of Cardiff's squad, with a daffodil where his number would have been.

Cardiff chief executive Ken Choo explained the use of the daffodil on Friday, highlighting its significance for both Wales and Nantes.

"It is a yellow flower, the flower of Wales and has significance to Nantes," he said. "We feel for FC Nantes, their fans and players.

"They definitely know Emiliano better than we do and it is tougher for them at this point in time."

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock says the disappearance of Emiliano Sala has led him to consider his future in football, although he welcomes the distraction of a trip to Arsenal.

Nantes forward Sala completed a club-record transfer to Cardiff before the plane he was aboard went missing en route to the Welsh capital from France last week.

The search for Sala was ended by Guernsey Police on Thursday - although the 28-year-old's family are determined to resume the operation - and Cardiff are now set to play for the first time since the incident on Tuesday.

Addressing the media ahead of the Arsenal match, Warnock revealed the strain that had been placed on himself and the Cardiff squad, having met the player as a big-money move was agreed.

"You think 24 hours a day about whether to carry on," the manager told a news conference. "It's impossible to sleep.

"I've been in football management for 40 years and it's been by far the most difficult week in my career, by an absolute mile. It's been a traumatic week and even now I can't get my head around the situation.

"It's probably hit me harder than anyone else as I've met the lad and talked to him for the last six to eight weeks.

"It's such a difficult time. I keep looking at my own children and thinking what I would be doing now. The family have been fantastic. Our fans and Nantes fans have been amazing as well.

"It's been amazing the knock on with the players in training. It's unknown territory. Football is important, but when a tragedy like this happens...

"I think from the players' point of view they need some sort of distraction now because it's so doom and gloom and sorrowful, the place is so sombre all the way around the club. You need some sort of a game to get firing again."

But with Sala's family reaching a €300,000 crowdfunding target to resume the search operation, Cardiff team-mate Sol Bamba is clinging to the hope of a "happy ending".

"It's a human tragedy and if you're human, you're going to be hurt by it," said Bamba. "You're right to feel like that, it's a tragedy. If you've got a heart, you're going to be affected by it.

"Even if he wasn't fully part of us, from the minute he signed for us and came to see the boys to say hello, he was part of us, so everyone feels like he is part of the team.

"We have to hope because we haven't found his body yet, even if the chances are very slim, but we like to think there can be a happy ending hopefully."

Bordeaux have denied demanding a fee for missing striker Emiliano Sala following his move to Cardiff City.

Sala completed a club-record transfer to Premier League side Cardiff before the plane he was aboard went missing en route to the Welsh capital from Nantes on Monday.

The search for Sala – who had been back in France bidding farewell to his team-mates at Nantes – was ended by Guernsey Police on Thursday, though the 28-year-old's family are determined to resume the operation.

Amid the heartache, reports have emerged that Bordeaux asked for a fee from Sala's transfer, believed to be 50 per cent following his spell at the club from 2012 to 2015, though the Ligue 1 outfit dismissed those claims.

"FC Girondins de Bordeaux formally denies the information published in the Presse Ocean newspaper that the club claimed its 'due' on the occasion of the transfer of Emiliano Sala," Bordeaux said in a statement.

"In today's sad circumstances, Girondins de Bordeaux express their support for Emiliano Sala's family and friends."

Sala's family reached their €300,000 crowdfunding target in their bid to resume the search for the Argentine forward.

Search and rescue efforts had spanned three days without a trace of the Piper Malibu aircraft before the authorities opted to call a halt to their scanning of the area.

A GoFundMe page was created by non-profit organisation Sport Cover on Friday, with "its sole purpose" being to help continue the search for Sala and Ibbotson.

The pot surpassed the €300,000 mark on Sunday, with a donation of €30,010 from Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe helping it over the line.

Emiliano Sala's family have reached their €300,000 crowdfunding target in their bid to resume the search for the missing Cardiff City striker.

Guernsey Police on Thursday ceased looking for Sala, who was on board a Piper Malibu aircraft with pilot David Ibbotson when the plane went missing en route to the Welsh capital from Nantes on Monday.

Sala completed a transfer to Cardiff the weekend before and had been back in France bidding farewell to his colleagues at Nantes.

Search and rescue efforts had spanned three days without a trace of the plane before the authorities opted to call a halt to their scanning of the area.

A GoFundMe page was created by non-profit organisation Sport Cover on Friday, with "its sole purpose" being to help continue the search for Sala and Ibbotson.

The pot surpassed the €300,000 mark on Sunday, with a donation of €30,010 from Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe helping it over the line.

Mbappe is not the only high-profile player to donate a substantial sum, as his PSG team-mate Adrien Rabiot contributed €25,000 on Saturday, while Marseille star Dimitri Payet pledged €10,000 later the same day.

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