Police detain Southampton fans appearing to mock death of Emiliano Sala

The pilot's body has still not been discovered

DAVID IBBOTSON The pilot's body has still not been discovered

"To see everyone doing everything possible to join us in the search has been a precious help to us".

Cardiff and Sala's old club Nantes also paid tributes to the Argentine. That's why, like many fans, I wish to honour him by retiring the No.9'. All matches in France's top two divisions this weekend will be preceded by a minute of applause for him.

French club Nantes have demanded payment from Cardiff City over the £15m transfer of Emiliano Sala, BBC Wales has learned.

"The families of Sala and the pilot David Ibbotson have been updated with this news and will continue to be supported by specially-trained family liaison officers", a police statement said.

The player's body was first spotted by British rescuers using a remotely operated underwater vehicle on Sunday, close to where the plane vanished from radar.

Yesterday, it was confirmed by the Dorset coroner that the body belonged to missing footballer Emiliano Sala. It was taken to Bournemouth where it was formally identified.

Sala´s family said on Friday that his body´s recovery and identification could help bring closure to "the most painful time of our life". We will never forget you Emi.

There was a minute's silence at St Mary's in honour of the Argentinian footballer.

As yes, the body of pilot Dave Ibbotson still hasn't been found.

"Any donations would be very much appreciated".

The fans were seen making the sick gestures with outstretched arms at visiting supporters during Saturday's Premier League game at St. Mary's, which Cardiff won 2-1.

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'. "It's a loss to everyone in football". Sala's sister Romina said of him: "Your soul in my soul, it will shine for ever, thus illuminating the time of my existence".

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