Missing Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala's body identified

Emiliano Sala: Dorset Police confirm body found in plane is Cardiff City striker

Last night police confirmed that the striker's body had been identified after being brought to the surface from the wreckage of the plane in the Channel.

In a statement tonight police said they "will continue to be supported by specially-trained family liaison officers".

Wreckage was found on Sunday following a privately-funded underwater search and a body recovered on Wednesday and taken to southern England.

The news brings to an end a devastating two and a half weeks since the plane carrying Sala and pilot David Ibbotson disappeared while traveling from Nantes in France to Cardiff in Wales.

Tributes and messages of condolences have kept pouring in following confirmation of the death of Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala.

Yesterday the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) recovered one body from the wreckage in "as dignified way as possible". This was confirmed by the police on Thursday.

"The families of Mr Sala and pilot David Ibbotson have been updated".

Search teams are yet to find pilot David Ibbotson, the only other person on board the plane which lost contact with air traffic control near Guernsey on January 21.

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

The remains of the aircraft were tracked down by a team co-ordinated by ocean scientist David Mearns, who has located some of the most elusive wrecks in the world.

The body was spotted in the wreckage of the plane on Monday and the authorities were able to recover it two days later, despite "challenging conditions".

Sala, 28, had just completed a club-record £15million transfer to Cardiff and had not made an appearance for the club.

Earlier, TUKO.co.ke had reported how Nantes are demanding that Cardiff City should pay the sum of KSh 1.9 billion (£15 million) transfer fee for their former striker who is now dead.

He signed his contract with the club on January 19, where he posed with his new shirt at the Cardiff City Stadium and was scheduled to make his debut the following week against Arsenal.

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