Southampton fans detained by police after making Emiliano Sala Cardiff City taunts

Southampton fans detained by police after making Emiliano Sala Cardiff City taunts

Despite Ibbotson not being found, poor weather conditions meant the search operation was closed, a spokesman for the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) announced on Wednesday.

Wreckage of the plane was later located on the seabed around 21 miles north of Guernsey before Mr Sala's body was recovered following a privately funded search last week.

Footballer Emiliano Sala's family grieved on Friday after British authorities formally identified his body as the one recovered from the submerged wreckage of a plane that went down in the Channel more than two weeks ago.

The plane carrying Sala and pilot David Ibbotson disappeared from radar on the evening of January 21 as it flew from Nantes, where Sala formerly played, to Wales, where he was to join his new Cardiff club.

The family of missing pilot David Ibbotson have said they don't want him left "out there on his own".

The two clubs, Cardiff City and Nantes are preparing to fight a legal suit over Sala's £15m transfer fee.

An inquest into the death of Sala will open at Bournemouth Coroner's Court at 13:30 GMT.

Any culpability on the part of Nantes could theoretically see Cardiff attempt to negotiate down Sala's price, the lawyer said - yet there appears to be no such fault.

"A post mortem was carried out after the body was taken to Holly Tree Lodge mortuary".

'Home office pathologist Mr Purdue gave the cause of death as 1a head and trunk injuries'.

The search continues for Ibbotson with a number of figures from the world of football having donated to a search fund set up by the pilot's family. The page has a fundraising target of £300,000.

Paris Saint-Germain player Kylian Mbappe Lottin donated under the name Elie Lottin.

Cardiff do not host Watford until 22 February and had planned a four day trip. Afterwards, Cardiff manager Neil Warnock dedicated the win to Sala: "We wanted to do it for Emiliano and I'm really proud the lads have done him justice".

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