Published: Sat, February 09, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Cardiff lead Premier League tributes to Sala

Cardiff lead Premier League tributes to Sala

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.

Sala's plane, which carried him and the pilot, David Ibbotson, crashed more than two weeks ago during a trip from the French city of Nantes to the Welsh city of Cardiff.

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.

"We would like to thank you for all your signs of affection and support in what is the most painful time of our lives". All matches in France's top two divisions this weekend will be preceded by a minute of applause for him.

British rescuers on Thursday formally identified the one body pulled from the submerged wreckage as that of the 28-year-old striker.

The wreckage of the plane was discovered earlier this week by a privately funded recovery crew hired by Sala's family after the official operation had been called off.

David Ibbotson

The statement read: "It is with infinite sadness that we confirm the identity of Emiliano's body. Rest in peace warrior", tweeted former Argentina striker Batistuta.

"We are with you", he said.

"We're up in the plane and it seems it's about to crash", said the message, which Clarin said was verified by Sala's father, Horacio Sala.

In Cardiff, the club's manager Neil Warnock said Southampton and Cardiff City players would wear black armbands in their English Premier League match on Saturday and a minute's silence would be observed before kick-off.

Sala's sister Romina wrote on her Instagram account: "Your soul in my soul will shine forever".

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