Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Southampton Fans Detained After Gesture Mocking Emiliano Sala Is Spotted

Southampton Fans Detained After Gesture Mocking Emiliano Sala Is Spotted

The two Saints fans were spotted making airplane gestures just days after the 28-year-old's footballer's body was recovered from the downed aircraft at the bottom of the English Channel.

However, while Mr Sala's body was found in the wreckage after a private search was launched, Mr Ibbotson's body has yet to be recovered.

He was returning after bidding farewell to former teammates at Nantes Shortly after Dorset Police confirmed Sala's identification on Thursday night, Cardiff City said: "We offer our most heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the family of Emiliano".

The club further maintained they will not condone such indecent gestures towards Cardiff supporters.

"The club will be taking an extremely firm stance against anyone involved and intends to ban those supporters identified", they added. The body of pilot David Ibbotson has not been found.

His club has since released a statement on the incident, confirming that two of their fans have since been detained and taken by police.

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Fans took to social media to slam the two men.

Sala was on his way to join Cardiff City from Nantes when the plane crashed 21 miles (34km) off the coast of Guernsey on January 21.

Fans paid tribute to Sala around the world.

Sol Bamba scored a goal as Cardiff City stunned Southampton 2-1 in a dramatic Premier League fixture on Saturday.

Cardiff were playing their first match since the tragedy, and went on to win 2-1 in a game where both teams wore black armbands.

In a later interview with French newspaper L'Equipe, Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman indicated that Nantes had sent an invoice for the first instalment, worth 6m euros (£5.27m).

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