Police have confirmed on Friday 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
There were some pretty emotional reactions to this from the football fraternity all over the world. Here's how the Indian football circuit reacted to this news...
Sala's picture will be displayed on the giant screen during the silence and all the players will be wearing black armbands for Sala's commemoration. (2/2)#JamKeKhelo— Jamshedpur FC (@JamshedpurFC) February 8, 2019
Everyone at Mumbai City FC is deeply saddened to hear about the tragic news coming in early this morning involving Emiliano Sala.— Mumbai City FC (@MumbaiCityFC) February 8, 2019
Our thoughts are with the families and friends of Emiliano and pilot David Ibbotson and with everyone at @CardiffCityFC and @FCNantes. pic.twitter.com/6LzOmuhy2B
Forever in our hearts.— Chennaiyin FC 🏆🏆 (@ChennaiyinFC) February 8, 2019
Emiliano Sala (1990-2019)
Rest in Peace. pic.twitter.com/3iegiGITVv
Following the completion of Sala's post-mortem, 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."