Southampton fans arrested after making plane gestures 'mocking' death of Sala

Ross Houston
February 10, 2019

The fans were seen making the sick gestures with outstretched arms at visiting supporters during Saturday's Premier League game at St. Mary's, which Cardiff won 2-1.

The Air Accidents Investigations Branch (AAIB) said the search and rescue operation had been carried out "as dignified a way as possible" and the men's families were kept updated throughout.

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

The Argentine's body was recovered late on Wednesday after the wreckage was found on Sunday morning.


Investigators said they were abandoning plans to lift the plane wreckage out of the water due to bad weather. Rescuers have yet to find British pilot David Ibbotson, 59.

Tributes have poured in for the footballer, who had just transferred to Cardiff, but never got to play with his new team.

Players and fans observed a minute's silence in Southampton on Saturday in memory of Cardiff striker Emiliano Sala who died in a plane crash.

But the good mood was stifled after a Southampton fan cruelly mocked the death of the Argentinian.


'Such behaviour has no place in our game and will not be tolerated at St Mary's.

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

"The club will be taking an extremely firm stance against anyone involved and intends to ban those supporters identified", the statement added.


"Emiliano Sala arrived on the backs of the Edre in July 2015 and knew how to win the hearts of the Nantes supporters".

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