Warnock calls off Cardiff’s Tenerife trip to mourn Sala

Elena Summers
February 12, 2019

Sala's body was found after a private search commissioned by his family, financed by a crowdfunding campaign which attracted support from several leading soccer players.

Cardiff were playing their first match since Sala's body had been recovered from the wreckage of a plane in the English Channel.

An inquest into the death of Sala will open at Bournemouth Coroner's Court at 13:30 GMT.

Argentine-born Sala, 28, was travelling to Cardiff in a light aircraft piloted by David Ibbotson, which went missing over the English Channel on 21 January.

Ian Parry, a senior coroner's officer for Dorset, said the body was brought to Portland on February 7 when Sala was officially pronounced dead.

Two Southampton fans have reportedly been detained after making a gesture mocking departed Cardiff City star, Emiliano Sala. Pilot David Ibbotson, the only other person on board, remains missing.

"The full AAIB [Air Accidents Investigation Branch] investigation into the plane crash is expected to take between six and 12 months, although an interim report is due within a fortnight", it added.


"We offer our most heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the family of Emiliano", they wrote.

But David Ibbotson, from Crowle, who was lying Sala to the United Kingdom to join Cardiff City, has not been found.

"I've never known anything like this in my life and I've seen most things".

The Dorset Police confirmed Thursday that Sala, who was in the process of completing a transfer from FC Nantes to Cardiff City FC, had been identified by HM Coroner almost three weeks after his plane went missing after departing from Nantes, France.

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

The win was Cardiff's second in succession and lifted the club out of the Premier League relegation zone, with Warnock dedicating the result and performance to Sala.

"The most important thing was for the family to mourn".

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