Southamp­ton vow bans for fans mock­ing Sala plane

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Sport - Agence France-presse sports­[email protected]­dus­tan­

LONDON: Southamp­ton have promised to ban sup­port­ers in­volved in mock­ing the death of Emil­iano Sala by mak­ing aero­plane ges­tures dur­ing their match at home to Cardiff City.

The Premier League fix­ture Satur­day was Cardiff’s first since the Ar­gen­tinian striker’s body was for­mally iden­ti­fied by an English coro­ner on Thurs­day, a day af­ter it was re­cov­ered from un­der­wa­ter wreck­age in the Chan­nel.

How­ever, af­ter the game video on so­cial me­dia ap­peared to show two men in the home sec­tion of St Mary’s Sta­dium seem­ingly mak­ing aero­plane ges­tures in the di­rec­tion of the away sup­port­ers.

Southamp­ton con­firmed both fans had been spo­ken to by po­lice a nd i nt e nded t o t a ke “a n ex­tremely firm stance” over the in­ci­dent.

“Southamp­ton Foot­ball Club can con­firm that two fans were de­tained and had their de­tails taken by po­lice dur­ing our match against Cardiff City on Satur­day,” said a state­ment from the club.

“The club will con­tinue to work with Hamp­shire Po­lice to iden­tify any in­di­vid­u­als deemed to have made in­de­cent ges­tures to­wards Cardiff sup­port­ers.

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

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

The plane car­ry­ing Sala from the French city of Nantes to Car- diff, his new club, dis­ap­peared near the Bri­tish is­land of Guernsey on Jan­uary 21.

Pi­lot David Ib­bot­son re­mains miss­ing.

Be­fore Satur­day’s kick-off t here was a n i mpec­ca­bly ob­served minute’s si­lence at the ground with Cardiff go­ing on to win 2-1 thanks to Ken­neth Zo­hore’s dra­matic goal in the third minute of stop­page time which saw them climb out of the rel­e­ga­tion zone.


A fan wear­ing an Emil­iano Sala jer­sey pays trib­ute out­side the sta­dium in Nantes in mem­ory of the foot­baller.

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