Emiliano Sala died due to head and trunk injuries

Virginia Santiago
February 13, 2019

The inquest into the death of Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala has heard he died of "head and trunk injuries".

Sala´s family said on Friday that his body´s recovery and identification could help bring closure to "the most painful time of our life".

"Seeing the whole world mobilised to support us in our research has been an infinitely precious help". French club Nantes says it will retire the No. 9 jersey worn by Sala before he was sold last month to Cardiff in the English Premier League.

Pilot David Ibbotson, the only other person on board, is yet to be found.

The Dorset Police confirmed Thursday that Sala, who was in the process of completing a transfer from FC Nantes to Cardiff City FC, had been identified by HM Coroner almost three weeks after his plane went missing after departing from Nantes, France.

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The player's body was first spotted by British rescuers using a remotely operated underwater vehicle on Sunday, close to where the plane vanished from radar.

The hearing was told he had to be identified using his fingerprints after investigators discovered his body on the seabed of the English Channel on February 4.

It's a nice measure taken by EA, who was also quick to put a stop to the players trying to capitalize on the tragic situation by raising the price of Sala in Ultimate Team.

The same rescuers explained that they were unable to retrieve the plane wreckage because of adverse weather conditions.

After only four days authorities called off the search for the missing footballer and pilot, however a private search was undertaken after £260,000 was raised.

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"We´ve offered to arrange to take Emiliano back to rest with his family in Argentina", Tan told talkSPORT radio.

"Since we found out, it's all anyone can talk about", said local restaurant owner Oscar Heymo, a friend of Sala's father Horacio.

Their behaviour emerged in a video published to social media yesterday after Southampton lost 2-1 to Cardiff City at the St Mary's Stadium.

"They'll all be reflecting on what's happened and your family is more important than football isn't it?"

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