Police have confirmed that the body found in the wreckage of the Piper Malibu aircraft that was found beneath the English Channel, traveling from Nantes to Cardiff as Emiliano Sala.
Sala and pilot David Ibbotson went missing on January 21 when they were traveling from Nantes, after the Argentine bid farewell to his former players, to Cardiff when the plane lost contact and disappeared.
One body was recovered on Thursday, and Cardiff City have since confirmed the sad news that it was indeed their club-record signing.
“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,” a statement on Cardiff City’s website read.
“The families of Mr Sala and the pilot David Ibbotson have been updated with this news and will continue to be supported by specially-trained family liaison officers.”
The formal identification of Sala came after remotely operated vehicles in “challenging conditions” were used to recover the body from the wreckage under water “in as dignified a way as possible”, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said, as quoted by Sky Sports.
Sala’s former club Nantes have decided to retire the club’s number nine jersey in honour of their former striker.
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Football Manager Bobby Motaung has also added that the club will be making further announcements of other players who will be leaving the club and those that will be joining the club ahead of next season.
PFA Team Of The Year Announced
Title-chasing Manchester City and Liverpool dominate the 2019 Professional Footballers’ Association’s Team of the Year which was announced on Thursday.
The surprise inclusion was that of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, who has been in the centre of the park for the Red Devils, as they slipped to seven defeats in nine matches in all competitions.
City have six players representing the blue side of Manchester while Liverpool has four players in the side.
In another surprise, Mohamed Salah and Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard have been omitted, despite both being on the six-man shortlist for the Players’ Player of the Year award.
The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) has named the Premier League Team of the Year for the 2018/2019 season.
PFA Team of the Year:
Ederson (Manchester City)
Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)
Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool)
Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City)
Andy Robertson (Liverpool)
Paul Pogba (Manchester United)
Fernandinho (Manchester City)
Bernardo Silva (Manchester City)
Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)
Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
Van Dijk scooped the biggest award on the night, the PFA Player’s Player of the Year accolade.
Former Bidvest Wits Player Papy Faty Dies
The Burundi international has been in the news for some years now after Wits released him because of a heart condition.
Despite doctors orders advising him to quit the game, Faty carried on playing.
While playing for Real Kings in the National First Division he collapsed during a match which prompted the club to terminate his contract.