Southampton fans arrested after making plane gestures 'mocking' death of Sala

Heather Diaz
February 10, 2019

The family of a pilot still missing after a plane crash which killed Argentinian footballer Emiliano Sala has launched a new fund to try and recover his body.

Sala's family said that it was with "infinite sadness" that they had identified his body.

The player's body was first spotted by British rescuers using a remotely operated underwater vehicle on Sunday close to where the plane vanished from radar on 21 January. The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) discovered the wreckage of the aircraft last week, and also found a body on the seabed.

Tributes have poured in for the footballer, who had just transferred to Cardiff, but never got to play with his new team.

He was returning after bidding farewell to former teammates at Nantes Shortly after Dorset Police confirmed Sala's identification on Thursday night, Cardiff City said: "We offer our most heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the family of Emiliano". From there it was taken to Bournemouth where it was formally identified later.

"When something like this happens it brings all the football family together", he said.

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Cardiff went on to win 2-1 thanks to Kenneth Zohore's dramatic goal in the third minute of stoppage time which saw them climb out of the relegation zone.

Southampton asserted their intention to ban anybody found to be involved in taunting the travelling Cardiff fans.

"Such behaviour has no place in our game and will not be tolerated at St Mary's", read the statement from Southampton following the incident.

'The Club will continue to work with Hampshire Police to identify any individuals deemed to have made indecent gestures towards Cardiff supporters.

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock said: "He was a very good lad, a really nice lad".

Cardiff and Sala's old club Nantes also paid tributes to the Argentine.

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