Saturday, 23 February, 2019

Two Southampton fans set to be banned after mocking Emiliano Sala death

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock during the minute's silence paying tribute to Emiliano Sala We have seen a very different Warnock over the past weeks Credit REUTERS Rebecca Naden
Kristopher Love | 10 February, 2019, 10:55

The family of the missing pilot of the plane carrying the footballer Emiliano Sala have set up a fundraising page for donations to restart a search for him.

The aircraft remains underwater off the coast of Guernsey in the English Channel.

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".

"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 Piper Malibu N264DB was en route from France to Cardiff, two days after the Argentine striker's £15m transfer to Cardiff was announced.

Cardiff, away to Southampton on Saturday, had been given permission by the Premier League to wear shirts embroidered with a yellow daffodil, the national emblem of Wales and the team colour of Nantes.

Cardiff City's fans sang Emiliano Sala's name after their 2-0 win against Bournemouth last week, and the club led a series of tributes to the footballer. Cardiff supporters wore daffodils and sang his name throughout the game, which they won 2-1 thanks to a last-gasp victor from Kenneth Zohore.

Images circulated on social media show one man making what appears to be an aeroplane gesture in reference to the tragic death of Cardiff striker Emiliano Sala who was confirmed dead by Dorset police on Thursday.

Southampton asserted their intention to ban anybody found to be involved in taunting the travelling Cardiff fans.

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

"We wanted to do it for Emiliano and I'm really proud the lads have done him justice".

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