Family mourns Sala after body in channel wreckage identified

David Ibbotson 59 died alongside the Cardiff City striker

David Ibbotson 59 died alongside the Cardiff City striker

Nantes have announced they will retire their number nine jersey after the body recovered from a plane wreckage in the English Channel was confirmed as that of former striker Emiliano Sala.

Southampton have promised to ban supporters involved in mocking the death of Emiliano Sala by making aeroplane gestures during their match at home to Cardiff City on Saturday.

However, it has since transpired that the men have also had their details taken by Hampshire police after being detained and now face a three-year banning order from attending Southampton matches.

A woman looks at the tributes at Cardiff City Stadium for Emiliano Sala.

The club further maintained they will not condone such indecent gestures towards Cardiff supporters.

Once again on Saturday they were able to put away their emotions, or play on them, for 90 minutes and beat Southampton 2-1, just days after Sala's body was found, and take themselves out of the relegation zone.

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David Ibbotson of North Lincolnshire was flying the Cardiff City player from Nantes to the United Kingdom when their plane crashed near Guernsey on 21 January.

Cardiff's win, sealed with an injury time victor by Kenneth Zohore, took them out of the relegation zone and into 15th before Burnley's win over Brighton dropped them into 16th.

The light aircraft carrying Sala from Nantes to his new club disappeared near the British island of Guernsey on January 21.

A minute's silence had been impeccably observed as part of the tributes before kick-off at the game, which the Welsh side went on to win 2-1 with Kenneth Zohore's dramatic goal in the third minute of stoppage time.

The footballer was travelling from Nantes to Cardiff when the incident happened.

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