Death of Emiliano Sala : his body was identified, the tributes from the football stars

Mort d'Emiliano Sala : son corps identifié, les hommages des stars du football

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Emiliano Sala is dead : his body was found, the world of football is in mourning

After weeks of doubts and questions, the body of Emiliano Sala has been found and formally identified on Thursday 7 February. The body of the football player of FC Nantes, who had just signed with Cardiff City has been dredged in the Channel above which his plane had disappeared on January 21, but the exact circumstances of his death are still unknown at this stage of the investigation. Football clubs around the world are in mourning, and many of the stars of the round ball and anonymous have required him to pay a last tribute on the social networks.

“The body was formally identified”

“The body recovered in the wreckage of the plane that had disappeared over the English Channel on 21 January has been formally identified as that of the argentine footballer Emiliano Sala, announced on Thursday evening the police of the county of Dorset (south west England)”, as relayed by the AFP. Emiliano Sala and the pilot of the plane, David Ibbotson, therefore, are officially dead, during the flight over the English Channel to join Cardiff, where it had signed the player.

His body had been sighted in the wreckage of the single-engine Piper Malibu by the teams of Blue Water Recoveries, a private company and that the athlete’s family had hired thanks to the impressive prize pool, bringing gifts of footballers and anonymous. On Twitter, police in Dorset said that “the families of Mr. Sala, and driver David Ibbotson have been informed of this. Our thoughts are for all of them”.

The reasons of the accident still unknown

For the time being, the reasons of the accident remain unknown but the medical examiner will continue to investigate the circumstances of this death,” said the Agency France Press, and “although it has not been possible to retrieve the plane, the long video recording carried out by the ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle, underwater vehicle (remotely controlled) should provide valuable elements”.

It is Thursday morning that the body had been “brought to earth by the ship of the Bureau of investigation of the united kingdom air accidents (AAIB), Geo Ocean III, in the aftermath of his recovery”. This took place “in difficult conditions” for the AAIB and “its specialised service providers” due to “bad weather conditions”.

The tributes are multiplying on social networks

The football world is in mourning. Following the official announcement of the death of Emiliano Sala, users were many to send their support to the family and to all relatives of the athlete. His sister, Romina Sala, has also reacted on his account Instagram : “Your soul in my soul, will shine forever, lighting and the time of my life. I love you”.

The argentine president Mauricio Macri has also expressed her sadness on Twitter : “What a painful news. My condolences to the family members, friends, fellow Emiliano Sala in this difficult time. We are with you”.

Messages of condolence, RIP and tweets that are amplified to the minute, both on the side of the fans than the footballers. His idol Gabriel Batistuta, the legend of the round ball Maradona, the football club Cardiff City, the player of PSG Kylian Mbappé, Djibril Cissé, Benjamin Mendy or Rémi Gomis has made an ultimate tribute to Emiliano Sala.


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