Even non-Ronaldo fans had none of Gary Lineker and Duncan Wright’s comments…
January 22 marked the sad disappearance of new Cardiff City signing, Emiliano Sala. French authorities confirmed that the former Nantes FC striker was as passenger on the Piper Malibu aircraft that went missing on its way from Nantes, France to Cardiff, Wales.
“We were very shocked upon hearing the news that the plane had gone missing. We expected Emiliano to arrive last night into Cardiff and today was due to be his first day with the team,” the Premier League club’s CEO, Ken Choo, declared in an official statement.
“Our owner, Tan Sri Vincent Tan, and chairman, Mehmet Dalman, are all very distressed about the situation.
“We made the decision first thing this morning to call off training with the thoughts of the squad, management staff and the entire Club with Emiliano and the pilot.”
As of now, there has been no encouraging news in regards to Sala’s whereabouts amid fears he is no more.
Meanwhile, on the same day in the camp of Cristiano Ronaldo, it was time for a celebration of the tax fraud saga’s long-awaited conclusion. The Turin-based Portuguese football star was in Madrid with his partner Georgina Rodriguez on Tuesday morning to finally plead guilty for tax evasion.
He accepted a fine of 18.8m euros (21.4m US dollars) and got his 23-month prison sentence suspended. Quite the expected end to this long court case. Satisfied with the outcome, the father-of-four flew out of the Spanish capital looking content in images shot in a private jet.
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) January 22, 2019
Gary Lineker, well known for his admiration for Lionel Messi and criticism of Cristiano Ronaldo on Twitter, made a meal out of the number 7’s tweet. The Sun writer Duncan Wright followed suit and a lot of fans bashed the two men for doing that.
Not the day for this tweet. It really isn’t. https://t.co/61y6cgEzm0
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 22, 2019
I am a Barça fan and i think that there is nothing wrong with this post…
— Mina culés?? (@AminaMezouar1) January 22, 2019
Do you think he knows what happened? He was in court all day.
— Assunta Patanè (@AnnaGuerrieri) January 22, 2019
Actually Gary, you quoting this tweet is worse. Clearly Ronaldo wasn’t directing this towards the Sala tragedy. Just poorly timed.
But you quoting it calls the wrong type of attention to all of this, when we should just be sending thoughts & prayers, that’s it.
— Alex Goldberg (@AlexGoldberg_) January 22, 2019
Dear Lord Gary. You are blatantly making something out of nothing. We all pray and hope Sala is found safely. But to comment on a tweet that has no relation to it … does this mean everyone going on Holidays today cant post a pic of them on a plane? Bad form Gary! #PrayForSala
— Ash (@ashjones88) January 22, 2019
Looking for attention Gary? Thought it was only Piers Morgan that did that.
— Rich (@RPE1983) January 22, 2019
Come on Gary so what should we all do just not upload pictures of us on a plane today , For all you know he might not know what’s happened I think with his court case he had a lot more on his mind than to check the news !
— Dave (@DaveMckeller) January 22, 2019
Give it a rest Gary. Just because YOU know a particular story in the news doesn't mean that everyone else does! He tweeted a picture of himself. Take it for what it is….stop trying to make nothing into something
— Captain Wavey #NEDPOD (@iamkxixnxg) January 22, 2019
Whats the problem? Its just a picture of him in a plane? You are the problem if you are trying to make it link to something else…
— Djordymans (@djordyblaauw) January 22, 2019
Don't make an issue where there isn't.
— Poram (@PoramRonya3461) January 22, 2019
Does Cristiano even know about the situation? Stop jumping to conclusions, smh
— JuveGrit (@JuveGrit) January 22, 2019
On the day when a player is missing flying to sign for his new club, this idiot posts a pic of himself on a private jet after escaping jail because he’s rich. Class. https://t.co/Fg6rNrbWoC
— Duncan Wright (@dwright75) January 22, 2019
Your newspaper literally covered up the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans and blamed them for it. Don’t ever feel comfortable writing the word class in a tweet ever again. Don’t you dare.
— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) January 22, 2019
You’re associated with the Sun and you’re trying to talk about class, trying to take the morale high ground for hits. Take a look at yourself and your employer.
— Matt Benson (@mattbenson93) January 22, 2019
Bit of a cheek to call him an idiot! You don't know him personally. He has had a few issues this week so more than likely he has not heard about this incident. Also I doubt he posts his own pictures as others have stated. Delete your post, it hasn't gone the way you hoped.
— Patrick McVeagh (@patrick_mcveagh) January 22, 2019
Maybe at the time he didn’t know. I think sometimes people are too sensitive, life is brutal, and if you were to ask him directly is he saddened by what’s happen he would undoubtedly say yes. If his social media is controlled by someone else not him could be more critical
— Tom (@tom_hurrell) January 22, 2019
— Charlie (@charlieeatock97) January 22, 2019
Do you really think this was his intention. Just because he’s been in the public eye over something else is irellevant to bring up. Ronaldo at the time probably had no idea of the Sala situation. You write for The Sun shut up
— keanan beech (@keananbeech) January 22, 2019
You can’t hold back because a tragedy has happened else where in the world. If that was the case no one could ever celebrate anything. Always an excuse to have a pop. If I had just avoided jail I would be buzzing to. Irrelevant of what’s going on anywhere else
— Stuart napper (@StuNapper) January 22, 2019
— نونهـ (@oniiqi) January 22, 2019