Southampton fans arrested after making plane gestures ‘mocking’ death of Sala

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Two Southampton fans were arrested by police for appearing to mock the death of Emiliano Sala during Cardiff City’s first match since the footballer’s body was identified.

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.

Sala’s body was formally identified on Thursday. His pilot David Ibbotson’s body is still missing.

METROGRAB: Southampton fans detained for 'mocking death of Emiliano Sala during Cardiff's first match since his death

The two men were spotted making airplane gestures just days after the footballer’s body was identified  (Picture: Ccfcben)

Missing footballer Emiliano Sala. Missing footballer Emiliano Sala?s sister broke down in tears yesterday as she begged rescuers: ?Please don?t give up searching for my brother ? I know he is still alive.? Romina Sala?s plea came after the search for Cardiff City?s ?15million Argentine signing, 28, and pilot David Ibbotson, 60, who went missing on a flight over the English Channel on Monday, was called off. Guernsey?s harbour master Cpt David Barker said the chances the pair had survived were ?extremely remote? and the ?difficult decision? to end the search had been taken. (Picture: Emiliano Sala/Instagram)

Emiliano Sala’s body was pulled from the wreckage on Wednesday (Picture: Emiliano Sala/Instagram)

Southampton wrote in a statement: ‘Southampton Football Club can confirm that two fans were detained and had their details taken by police during out match against Cardiff City on Saturday.

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‘The Club will continue to work with Hampshire Police to identify any individuals deemed to have made indecent gestures towards Cardiff supporters.

‘Such behaviour has no place in our game and will not be tolerated at St Mary’s.

‘The club will be taking an extremely firm stance against anyone involved and intends to ban those supporters identified.’

Hampshire Police’s Football United account said on Twitter: ‘Sad to say more than one arrest today of Saints fans for appalling gestures towards Cardiff fans, we will be working closely with Southampton to prevent this behaviour at football.’

The detained men face three-year banning orders from the club.

Fans in the stands hold up a tribute to the late Emiliano Sala during the Premier League match at St Mary's Stadium, Southampton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 9, 2019. See PA story SOCCER Sala. Photo credit should read: Mark Kerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

Fans in the stands held up a tribute to Sala during the Premier League match at St Mary’s Stadium (Picture: PA)

Cardiff City fans in the stands wear shirts in tribute to the late Emiliano Sala during the Premier League match at St Mary's Stadium, Southampton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 9, 2019. See PA story SOCCER Sala. Photo credit should read: Mark Kerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

Supporters paid emotional tribute (Picture: PA)

A big screen shows a tribute to the late Emiliano Sala during the Premier League match at St Mary's Stadium, Southampton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 9, 2019. See PA story SOCCER Sala. Photo credit should read: Mark Kerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

A minute’s silence was held for Sala during the club’s first match since his body was identified (Picture: PA)

The pilot missing after his plane is thought to have crashed carrying Argentinian footballer Emiliano Sala has been identified as Dave Ibbotson from Northern Lincolnshire. Mr Ibbotson, an experienced private pilot from Crowle near Scunthorpe, is missing along with Sala after their plane vanished flying from the French city of Nantes to Wales where he had just signed for Cardiff City. caption: Dave Ibbotson

Sala’s pilot David Ibbotson’s body is still missing (Picture: GrimsbyLive/BPM Media)

A video was shared on social media showing fans making the sick gesture. Cardiff fans can be heard calling them ‘sick’ as a steward approaches the pair.

Cardiff supporters passed around banners in tribute to the footballer who was on his way to join club when his plane went off the radar over the English Channel on 21 January.

There was a minute’s silence at St Mary’s in honour of the Argentinian footballer. Fans wore daffodils and sang his name throughout.

Players in games across the Premiere League wore black armbands in tribute to Sala.

He had said goodbye to his Nantes teammates and was en route to Cardiff, after the club bought him for £15 million, when he died.





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