Cardiff lead Premier League tributes to Sala

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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.

The family of a pilot still missing after a plane crash which killed Argentinian footballer Emiliano Sala has launched a new fund to try and recover his body.

It was this search that resulted in Sala's body being found on 4 February, however, Ibbotson's body is yet to be discovered.

Having signed for a Cardiff record fee, Sala was travelling to Wales in a light aircraft which vanished north of Guernsey on January 21.

Although Mr Ibbotson, 59, of Crowle, Lincolnshire, has not been located, poor weather conditions meant a "difficult decision was taken to bring the overall operation to a close", a spokesman for the Air Accidents Investigation Branch said on Wednesday. "Many of us kept a glimmer of hope for you, Emiliano", football icon Maradona said on Instagram, following the identification of the body.

Two Southampton supporters were detained by police after mocking the tragic death of Emiliano Sala at their side's English Premier League home match against Cardiff City on Sunday (NZ time).

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The football world came together in grief and to pay its respects as the severity of the Sala story began to unfold, with floral tributes laid outside Cardiff City Stadium and vigils held in Nantes, where 42 goals in three-and-a-half seasons made him a fan favourite.

Southampton said they would work with Hampshire police to identify individuals who made indecent gestures towards Cardiff supporters.

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

Cardiff City's manager Neil Warnock stated that a win was a tribute to Emiliano Sala.

Earlier today, the club registered a 2-1 win as Kenneth Zohore scored a dramatic injury-time victor against Southampton.

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