Southampton vow to ban fans over Sala 'aeroplane' mockery


The UK's Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) confirmed on Wednesday that a body had been passed to the Dorset Coroner, having been recovered with the help of specialist contractors, and it was identified as Sala a day later.

Cardiff were playing their first game since his light aircraft went missing over the English Channel near Guernsey.

An extensive rescue and recovery operation followed the incident. From there it was taken to Bournemouth where it was formally identified later.

Tributes have poured in for the footballer, who had just transferred to Cardiff, but never got to play with his new team.

"When something like this happens it brings all the football family together", he said.

The football world came together in grief and to pay its respects as the severity of the Sala story began to unfold, with floral tributes laid outside Cardiff City Stadium and vigils held in Nantes, where 42 goals in three-and-a-half seasons made him a fan favourite.

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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. 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.

The occasion, however, was marred by a distasteful gesture made by two Southampton fans during the game.

"The club will be taking an extremely firm stance against anyone involved and intends to ban those supporters identified", they added.

"We offer our most heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the family of Emiliano", Cardiff City said in a statement on Thursday.

Sala's picture was also shown on the Craven Cottage big screen alongside that of the Cardiff badge.