Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Emiliano Sala: Nantes players wear black shirts in tribute to teammate

Emiliano Sala: Nantes players wear black shirts in tribute to teammate

At an inquest into Sala's death is being held in Bournemouth, where assistant Dorset Coroner Brendan Allen said that Sala had been identified by his fingerprints. Sala's body was recovered from the wreckage of the plane but Mr. Ibbotson's body has yet to be located and his family are growing increasingly desperate.

"Air traffic control lost contact with the aircraft during the flight and an extensive search commenced off waters at Guernsey".

The 28-year-old Argentine striker was traveling from Nantes to meet his former teammates at Cardiff City when the plane he boarded suddenly crashed into the English channel.

Within a few hours search vessel FBV Morven picked up a signal and a remote-controlled submarine fitted with a camera was sent down to formally identify the wreckage.

Footage posted on social media after the game appeared to show the men making airplane gestures, in Cardiff's first match played since Sala's body was found.

Manchester City and Burnley players stand for a minutes silence in memory of Emiliano Sala during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match at the Etihad Stadium (PA) Floral tributes are dedicated to footballer Emiliano Sala outside the Cardiff City Stadium.

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Emiliano Sala's body was recovered earlier this week.

Nantes coach Vahid Halilhodzic, who excelled when he himself was the club's striker, said he felt a special attachment to Sala, who he described as a "lovely lad".

His disappearance and subsequent confirmation of death prompted an outpouring of grief across the world of football.

A fundraising campaign to restart the search for Ibbotson is already more than half way to its £300,000 (US$385,000) target.

A GoFundMe page to restart the search for Mr Ibbotson, 59, of Lincolnshire, has almost reached half of its £300,000 target thanks to donations under the names of Gary Lineker and French footballer Kylian Mbappe.

The inquest also heard that Sala was officially pronounced dead last Thursday before it was adjourned until November 6, with an interim report due in two weeks.

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