Southampton fans caught making Emiliano Sala Cardiff City taunts

Annette Crawford
February 9, 2019

The family of Emiliano Sala have expressed their "infinite sadness" after it was confirmed a body recovered from wreckage in the English Channel was that of the footballer.

Fifty-nine-year old David Ibbotson was flying Cardiff City's newly-signed striker Sala from Nantes to Wales when the plane crashed into the sea on 24 January.

"We offer our most heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the family of Emiliano", Cardiff City said in a statement on Thursday.

"To see everyone doing everything possible to join us in the search has been a precious help to us".

"The homages paid to him nationally and internationally match the player and person that he was".

After the body found in the plane wreck was retrieved the identified to be that of Emiliano Sala, the plane wreck itself was also raised to the surface.


Investigators said they were abandoning plans to lift the plane wreckage out of the water due to bad weather.

Sala's body was recovered in a privately-funded search which had been launched after the initial search was called off three days after the men and their plane, which had been travelling from Nantes in France to Cardiff, went missing.

It read: "Nantes had the huge sadness on Thursday to learn that the body found was that of Emiliano Sala. Rest in peace warrior", tweeted former Argentina striker Batistuta.

The country's President Mauricio Macri also mourned the "painful news". We will never forget you Emi.

"Since we found out, it's all anyone can talk about", said local restaurant owner Oscar Heymo, a friend of Sala's father Horacio.

Police detained two Southampton fans who appeared to mock the death of Emiliano Sala during Saturday's game against Cardiff. "It's a loss to everyone in football".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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