Family mourns Sala after body in channel wreckage identified

Rex Christensen
February 11, 2019

Saturday's early kick-off, in a scene that will be repeated across English football this weekend, saw players from Fulham and Manchester United wearing black armbands as a mark of respect for Sala.

Following Southampton's 2-1 defeat, the club said they were taking "an extremely firm stance" over the incident, which took place during the game.

His disappearance and later confirmation of his death led to an outpouring of grief among football fans across the world, with tributes being paid in matches across the United Kingdom and France.

The family of the pilot of the small plane that crashed over the Channel while flying Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala to Britain has launched a fundraising campaign to find his remains.

The teams observed a minute's silcence pre-game, in what was Cardiff's first match since Emiliano Sala's death.

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.

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The last few weeks have been extremely hard for Cardiff City after the disappearance and death of their new signing Emiliano Sala, who the Bluebirds broke their transfer record in order to bring to the club.

Sala was on his way to join Cardiff City from Nantes when the plane crashed 21 miles (34km) off the coast of Guernsey on January 21.

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

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

Among those to have felt the weight of sadness most heavily following the Emiliano Sala tragedy is Neil Warnock, the manager, who has rejected the chance to take his squad away on a warm-weather training camp.

A woman looks at the tributes at Cardiff City Stadium for Emiliano Sala.

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