The body found in wreckage of a plane carrying Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson has been identified as the Cardiff City striker, local police confirmed on Thursday night.
The UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) had confirmed on Wednesdaythat an unidentified body had been passed to the Dorset Coroner , having been recovered from the stricken plane.
The Piper Malibu aircraft disappeared with Sala and pilot David Ibbotson on board on January 21 , with the 28-year-old en route to Cardiff from having completed a club-record transfer from Ligue 1 side Nantes.
A police statement issued late on Thursday read: “The body brought to Portland Port today, Thursday 7 February 2019, has been formally identified by HM Coroner for Dorset as that of professional footballer Emiliano Sala.
However, it has been an outpour of farewell messages to the popular footballer.
— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) February 7, 2019
— CCFC 🏴 (@Warnocked_) February 7, 2019
Comfortably the best tribute I've seen for Emiliano Sala. Shows how much work he put into getting to where he was in football and just how happy it made him. Closure at last. #RIPSala pic.twitter.com/ZnQX3VVxcp
— Tom Sleeman (@TomSleeman11) February 8, 2019
R.I.P – Emiliano Sala (1990-2019)
— Miguel Martinho (@MiguelMartinho7) February 8, 2019
— DNS Player Agency (@DNSPlayerAgency) February 7, 2019
— ഫ്രെഡി (@ANSisHere) February 8, 2019
— SHY GUY👁️ (@eyebare) February 8, 2019