Emiliano Sala’s Death Confirmed By Local Police As Body Found In Plane Wreckage Identified As Cardiff City Striker

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Local police confirmed that the body pulled from the English Channel earlier this week is the former Nantes footballer Emiliano Sala

The body found in the wreckage of the plane carrying Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson has been identified as the Cardiff City striker, it was confirmed on Thursday night.

Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) had confirmed and has given a statement on Wednesday that an unidentified body had been passed to the Dorset Coroner, having been recovered from the submerged plane.

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

A police statement issued late on Thursday read: “The body brought to Portland Port today, Thursday 7 February 2019, has been formally identified by HM Coroner for Dorset as that of professional footballer Emiliano Sala.

Guernsey harbormaster Captain David Barker said their chances of survival were “extremely remote”, but a number of high-profile football figures and members of the public answered the family’s calls to fund a private search operation.

The plane was located on the seabed off Guernsey on Sunday using a remotely operated vehicle, during which time a body was found amid what remained of the light aircraft.

A recovery operation was then launched following consultation with the families of Sala and Ibbotson, and the police.

The football world came {together| all 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.

Following reports of a dispute between the two clubs this week, Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman confirmed the Premier League outfit was yet to pay the first instalment of Sala’s transfer fee.

Players and clubs took to social media to pass along their sadness and condolences after police confirmed the Argentine’s body was identified

News of Emiliano Sala’s death has sent the footballing world into mourning after it was confirmed late on Thursday the forward’s body had been identified from the plane’s wreckage.

Dorset Police confirmed the sad news released a statement saying their coroner had identified the 28-year-old, and in which the families of Sala and pilot David Ibbotson had been presumed dead.

Messages of sadness, support and condolences have flowed in on social media since as the footballing world mourns the tragic passing of the late Cardiff City forward.

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