Southampton and police to probe incident of fans mocking Emiliano Sala


The family of the 60-year-old pilot launched the appeal to search for his remains following the recovery of footballer Emiliano Sala's body on Thursday.

Sala was flying from France to Cardiff with pilot David Ibbotson when their plane went missing over the English channel on the evening of January 21.

Tickets for the game were sold at a symbolic €9 in memory of the player's shirt number, which they have also withdrawn from use.

David Mearns, whose team located Sala's plane, posted a message on Twitter following the identification commemorating the football player. From there it was taken to Bournemouth where it was formally identified later.

Once the body of Sala had been found, Ibbotson's family set up a GoFundMe page, asking the public to help bring the pilot home.

"He has left an eternal mark on this club, on top of it all (the death) it was such a shock, him disappearing and the hope gradually dwindling", he said.

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

"What sadness, this is the worst news".

"We´ve offered to arrange to take Emiliano back to rest with his family in Argentina", Tan told talkSPORT radio.

"We are with you", he said.

The city of 335,000 has been in mourning for more than two weeks. "It has been hard but we have stuck together and our gaffer said after the game, "This one was for Sala". "He was very much loved and admired by all".

Police have spoken to two Southampton supporters after video emerged of two men appearing to mock the death of Emiliano Sala as they made aeroplane gestures at Cardiff City fans.

"Cardiff City will continue to work with the AAIB and investigators to find out how the crash happened and to assist Emiliano's family".

Sala's sister Romina wrote on her Instagram account: "Your soul in my soul will shine forever".