The second edition of the Emiliano Sala challenge, scheduled for July 16 and 17, will ultimately not take place, FC Nantes having decided to withdraw.
US Orléans, which organizes this pre-season charity tournament, announced the cancellation of the second edition on Thursday. This challenge brings together former clubs of the Argentine striker, who died in January 2019 in a plane crash, to pay tribute to him.
The clubs concerned are thus US Orléans, Girondins de Bordeaux, Stade Malherbe de Caen and FC Nantes. It is also because of the last club mentioned that the tournament will not take place since the USO explains that « For sporting reasons and contrary to its commitments, FC Nantes has decided to renounce its participation in the Challenge, resulting in the cancellation of this Challenge with regard to the time limits, wrote the Loiret club in a press release. The Organizing Committee is determined to be able to offer this second edition of the Emiliano Sala Challenge in 2023 with all of these teams, or even more.« .
The vagueness surrounding the situation of the Girondins de Bordeaux, administratively relegated to National by the DNCG was right for the will of the Canaries.