The Body recovered from wreckage of crashed plane in the English channels has been identified as that of Cardiff City player Emiliano Sala, Dorset Police say.
Sala had joined premier league side, Cardiff city on the 19th of January 2019, on a three and a half-year deal from Nantes.
After completing his medical at Cardiff, Sala returned to Nantes on the morning of 19 January on a plane arranged by football agent Mark McKay.
His intention was to return to Cardiff on 21 January in order to attend his first training session with his new club the following morning.
Sala had been invited to attend Cardiff’s match against Newcastle United by manager Neil Warnock, but he chose to return to France in order to say goodbye to his Nantes teammates and collect personal belongings.
On 22 January, Sala was confirmed to have been onboard a missing aircraft that was flying from Nantes to Cardiff.
On 23 January, Channel Islands Air Search reported that there was “no hope” of finding any survivors in the water but a private search started not too long ago and after members of the public, footballers included, had raised funds to search for the body of the player.
The police has now confirmed that the body found in the wreckage of the plane is Sala’s.
“The families of Mr Sala and Mr Ibbotson have been updated with this news and will be supported by specially-trained liaison officers.” Dorset Police said.