Sala family speak of 'infinite sadness' as body recovered

RIP SALA: Body of missing footballer identified

Family mourns Sala after body in channel wreckage identified

Ghana striker Abdul Majeed Waris has bid his departed Nantes attacking partner Emiliano Sala.

Nantes have announced that the club will retire the no.9 shirt, in honour of Emiliano Sala, whose body has been recovered from the wreckage of a plane he was travelling on that crashed on its way to Cardiff.

The Piper Malibu aircraft disappeared with Sala and pilot David Ibbotson aboard on January 21, with the 28-year-old en route to Cardiff City having completed a club-record transfer from Ligue 1 side Nantes. A message on the site reads: "Please help bring David Ibbotson home and help give him the sendoff he deserves".

'As a family we are relying on the kindness of the good hearted people to help us raise the much needed funds to help us find our beloved Dad, Husband and Son.

"To be told the search has now been called off for the foreseeable future has only made this tragic time more hard".

'We cannot bare the thought of him being alone, we need him home so that we are able to lay him to rest'.

The UK's Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) confirmed on Wednesday that a body had been passed to the Dorset Coroner, having been recovered with the help of specialist contractors, and it was identified as Sala a day later.

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