Our infinite sadness... Family grief after they identify Emiliano Sala

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The wreckage of the plane was discovered earlier this week by a privately funded recovery crew hired by Sala's family after the official operation had been called off.

Having signed for a Cardiff record fee, Sala was travelling to Wales in a light aircraft which vanished north of Guernsey on January 21.

After the body found in the plane wreck was retrieved the identified to be that of Emiliano Sala, the plane wreck itself was also raised to the surface.

Two Southampton fans were spoken to by police and face bans from the club after they were filmed mocking Cardiff City supporters by making plane gestures in reference to the crash involving Emiliano Sala.

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The two Southampton fans are set to be banned from future home games.

In a later interview with French newspaper L'Equipe, Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman indicated that Nantes had sent an invoice for the first instalment, worth 6m euros (£5.27m). Rescuers have yet to find British pilot David Ibbotson, 59.

Sala's picture was also shown on the Craven Cottage big screen alongside that of the Cardiff badge.

Cardiff City's fans sang Emiliano Sala's name after their 2-0 win against Bournemouth last week, and the club led a series of tributes to the footballer.

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Bluebirds manager Neil Warnock and his players bowed their heads as a minute's silence was impeccably observed before kick-off at St Mary's Stadium.

"Such behaviour has no place in our game and will not be tolerated at St Mary's", read the statement from Southampton following the incident.

Southampton said they would work with Hampshire police to identify individuals who made indecent gestures towards Cardiff supporters.

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