Southampton fans detained by police after making Emiliano Sala Cardiff City taunts

Lynette Rowe
February 10, 2019

The body of Argentinian striker Sala was recovered on Wednesday from the plane wreckage at the bottom of the English Channel, after the Piper Malibu aircraft piloted by Ibbotson crashed on the way from France to the United Kingdom on January 21. The gestured were hugely inappropriate after it was recently confirmed that the body retrieved from the plane wreck at the bottom of the sea was indeed that of Emiliano Sala.

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

Sala´s family said on Friday that his body´s recovery and identification could help bring closure to "the most painful time of our life".

"Seeing the whole world mobilised to support us in our research has been an infinitely precious help". Thanks to you, we are now able to mourn our son, our brother.

An official search was called off on 24 January, but Sala's body was found after an appeal launched by his agent raised £324,000 (371,000 euros) for a private search.

Before the game, a giant banner with Sala's face on it was draped over the centre circle, while the stadium's big screen showed all the 48 goals he scored in 133 appearances for the club.

The body was identified later.

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"What sadness, this is the worst news".

Manchester City and current Argentina striker Sergio Aguero also expressed his condolences.

"We are with you", he said.

The city of 335,000 has been in mourning for more than two weeks. "He was very much loved and admired by all".

In a later interview with French newspaper L'Equipe, Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman indicated that Nantes had sent an invoice for the first instalment, worth 6m euros (£5.27m).

Two Southampton supporters were detained by police after mocking the tragic death of Emiliano Sala at their side's English Premier League home match against Cardiff City on Sunday (NZ time).

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