Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Emiliano Sala: Southampton fan detained after making plane gesture against Cardiff

Emiliano Sala: Southampton fan detained after making plane gesture against Cardiff

His pilot David Ibbotson's body is still missing.

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

Two Southampton fans were spoken to by police and face bans from the club after they were filmed mocking Cardiff City supporters by making plane gestures in reference to the crash involving Emiliano Sala.

Sala's body was recovered and formally identified earlier this week after a privately-funded search team found the plane's wreckage in the English Channel, off the coast of Alderney.

A flight carrying the striker from Nantes to Cardiff following his £15million transfer to the Premier League club crashed into the sea near Alderney on January 21.

"Such behaviour has no place in our game and will not be tolerated at St Mary's".

His club has since released a statement on the incident, confirming that two of their fans have since been detained and taken by police.

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A minute's silence was also observed in Paris before Paris Saint Germain played Bordeaux.

The club further maintained they will not condone such indecent gestures towards Cardiff supporters.

Southampton confirmed both fans had been spoken to by police and meant to take "an extremely firm stance" over the incident.

Argentine footballing idols Diego Maradona and Gabriel Batistuta also paid tribute to 28-year-old Sala.

"We could easily have folded, but we were determined", Cardiff manager Neil Warnock said following the win.

Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman described Sala's disappearance as a "tragic accident" but said the light aircraft was not organised by the club.

Earlier today, the club registered a 2-1 win as Kenneth Zohore scored a dramatic injury-time victor against Southampton.

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