Police have confirmed that the body found in an aeroplane in the English Channel earlier this week was that of Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala, after the light aircraft carrying him disappeared nearly two weeks ago.
Sala was flying to Wales to meet up with his new teammates last Monday night when the plane carrying him lost contract with air traffic control.
Dorset Police confirmed on Twitter on Thursday night that a coroner has officially identified the body as the former Nantes striker.
L'Equipe report that the footballer's remains will be handed over to his family within hours to allow them to arrange a burial as soon as possible.
Dorset Police said: "
#Update The body brought to Portland Port today has been formally identified by HM Coroner for Dorset as that of professional footballer Emiliano Sala.— Dorset Police (@dorsetpolice) February 7, 2019
The families of Mr Sala and pilot David Ibbotson have been updated. Our thoughts remain with them all