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Southampton fans facing bans for disgraceful Sala taunts

Southampton fans facing bans for disgraceful Sala taunts

Sala's body was recovered in a privately-funded search which had been launched after the initial search was called off three days after the men and their plane, which had been travelling from Nantes in France to Cardiff, went missing. Sala's family said that it was with "infinite sadness" that they had identified his body.

The pilot David Ibbotson also died and his body has yet to be found.

The Premier League fixture was Cardiff's first since the Argentinian striker's body was formally identified by an English coroner on Thursday, a day after it was recovered from underwater wreckage in the Channel.

His daughter Danielle said: "As a family, we are relying on the kindness of the good-hearted people to help us raise the much-needed funds to help us find our beloved Dad, Husband and Son".

"To be told the search has now been called off for the foreseeable future has only made this tragic time more hard".

Emiliano Sala's family have passed their thoughts to Ibbotson's family, adding that they hope authorities "will do their best to find him".

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The small Argentine town of Progreso, where the footballer lived for most of his childhood, was also in mourning.

Fans transformed the grounds around the stadium on Friday into a sea of bouquets and yellow-and-blue team scarves and jerseys in tribute to their fallen star.

Shortly after the match, which Cardiff won 2-1, Southampton Football Club issued the following statement: "Southampton Football Club can confirm that two fans were detained and had their details taken by police during our match against Cardiff City on Saturday".

Cardiff city owner Vincent Tan has offered to pay for Sala's remains to be flown back to his home country Argentina.

"Even though he will be there, his soul will always be in our hearts".

"We would like to thank you for all of your signs of affection and support in the most painful time of our life".