Police detain Southampton fans caught 'mocking' Cardiff's Sala

Tanya Simon
February 10, 2019

The two men were ejected during the game by the stewards at St.Mary's stadium after they were spotted repeatedly making plane gestures towards the away end.

The Piper Malibu aircraft disappeared with Sala and pilot David Ibbotson aboard on January 21, with the 28-year-old en route to Cardiff City having completed a club-record transfer from Ligue 1 side Nantes.

The plane's wreckage was discovered on Sunday and Sala's body was recovered on Wednesday.

The Air Accidents Investigations Branch (AAIB) said the search and rescue operation had been carried out "as dignified a way as possible" and the men's families were kept updated throughout.

"We can now begin to mourn our son and our brother", the Argentine Cardiff City striker's family said in a statement.

After the body found in the plane wreck was retrieved the identified to be that of Emiliano Sala, the plane wreck itself was also raised to the surface.

The body was identified later.

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

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Two Southampton supporters could be banned from the club after taunting Cardiff City fans about the death of striker Emiliano Sala.

The fans mocked Sala's death.

Cardiff's win, sealed with an injury time victor by Kenneth Zohore, took them out of the relegation zone and into 15th before Burnley's win over Brighton dropped them into 16th.

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", Cardiff manager Neil Warnock said.

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

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