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.
Dorset Police confirmed on Twitter on Thursday night that a coroner has officially identified the body as the former Nantes striker.
#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
The news was met with some very emotional reactions on Twitter. Here's how the world of football bid their final adieu to Sala......
Club Statement (07/02/19): https://t.co/ib8zJfWzvC— Cardiff City FC (@CardiffCityFC) February 7, 2019
Forever in our thoughts 💙
Rest in peace, Emiliano Sala. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 8, 2019
The thoughts of everyone at #LFC are with the family and friends of Emiliano Sala.— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 8, 2019
Sometimes life is so cruel when dream turn into nightmare— Bassem 🇹🇳 ™️ 7⃣ (@BassemCFC) February 8, 2019
the news we all afraid to hear Emiliano Sala confirmed dead
my thoughts are with your family , friends and you dog Nala
Rest in peace Emi🥺💛💚💙🇦🇷@FCNantes number 9⃣must be forever belong to Sala #EmilianoSala #Sala9 pic.twitter.com/Htpn1b4wf9
Family of #emilianosala can now find some sort of peace..makes you think though, a pilot with the wrong licence in thousands of pound of debt carrying a good few quids worth of player and his body not in the plane 😱 #suspicious— emma thompson (@emzley) February 8, 2019
So sorry to hear that the body recovered from the wreckage of the crashed plane is that of #EmilianoSala What an absolutely tragic ending. I send my heartfelt condolences to his family, friends & colleagues at both @CardiffCityFC & @FCNantes— Margaret Ferrier SNP (@MargaretFerrier) February 8, 2019
His body was recovered today from the submerged plane that crashed into the English Channel on January 21st— Dean Marsh™ (@deanrmarsh) February 8, 2019
Let's hope they find the pilots body so his family can have closure too :(
R.I.P #EmilianoSala pic.twitter.com/n68PvzRavy
No matter the team you support, as long as you are a football fan, the #EmilianoSala story will move you. What a tragedy. R.I.P— Lawrence T. Mangenje (@LTMangenje) February 8, 2019
Dorset Police said: "The families of Mr Sala and the pilot David Ibbotson have been updated with this news and will continue to be supported by specially-trained family liaison officers. Our thoughts remain with them at this difficult time.
"HM Coroner will continue to investigate the circumstances of this death supported by Dorset Police.
"Sadly a search and rescue operation was unsuccessful in locating the plane and the two occupants. Subsequently AAIB and privately funded search teams were deployed to the relevant area. Using specialist equipment the teams succeeded in locating and identifying the plane and recovering Mr Sala's body. On Monday 21 January 2019 a plane carrying both men was flying from Nantes to Cardiff when it lost contact with Air Traffic Control, north of Guernsey."