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Southampton and police to probe incident of fans mocking Emiliano Sala

10 February, 2019, 10:55 | Author: Candice Daniels
  • Nantes announce plan to retire No.9 jersey in Sala's honour

Two Southampton fans were photographed making aeroplane gestures during their side's 2-1 home Premier League defeat by Cardiff on Saturday.

"The body brought to Portland Port today (Thursday) has been formally identified as that of professional footballer Emiliano Sala".

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 Investigations Branch (AAIB) said the search and rescue operation had been carried out "as dignified a way as possible" and the men's families were kept updated throughout.

Once that was done, a body was discovered inside the wreckage, and then duly retrieved.

"The families of Sala and the pilot David Ibbotson have been updated with this news and will continue to be supported by specially-trained family liaison officers", a police statement said.

The Nantes player was on his way to South Wales after the record £15million signing by Cardiff City.

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The football world came together in grief and to pay its respects as the severity of the Sala story began to unfold, with floral tributes laid outside Cardiff City Stadium and vigils held in Nantes, where 42 goals in three-and-a-half seasons made him a fan favourite.

The pair of fans were spoken to by stewards and also the police, according to the BBC.

Southampton said they would work with Hampshire police to identify individuals who made indecent gestures towards Cardiff supporters.

'The club will be taking an extremely firm stance against anyone involved and intends to ban those supporters identified'.

But David Ibbotson, from Crowle, who was lying Sala to the United Kingdom to join Cardiff City, has not been found.

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

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