The body discovered in the wreckage of Emiliano Sala’s plane has been recovered and brought to shore.
Authorities have confirmed the body seen in the wreckage of the plane carrying footballer Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson has been “successfully recovered”.
The rescue team are yet to identify publicly whose body it is.
— FOX Sports Football (@FOXFOOTBALL) February 6, 2019
The wreckage of the plane which was carrying Sala and pilot David Ibbotson was discovered on Sunday night with an unidentified body in it. However, the operation to recover the body which started on Tuesday was successful and late on Wednesday night; the body was successfully recovered by the UK Air Accident Investigation Branch. The AAIB also released a statement that the plane wreckage itself was unable to be recovered due to poor weather conditions.
Yesterday morning, the body was brought to shore at Portland, Dorset by the recovery operation vessel, Geo Ocean III and given to the Dorset Coroner to begin the identification and post-mortem process.
— Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) February 7, 2019
The Dorset police also issued a statement yesterday to confirm this. They also stated that the families of both men have been informed and will receive continual support throughout this period. It wasn’t stated how long the identification process will take.
UPDATE: The recovered body has been identified as Emiliano Sala’s body. The identification was revealed late last night and tributes have been pouring in for the player.
— The Guardian Nigeria (@GuardianNigeria) February 8, 2019
Efforts are still ongoing to find the body of the pilot, David Ibbotson.
Both Cardiff City and Nantes FC have issued tributes to the player with President of Nantes announcing that the club has retired its number 9 jersey to honor their former striker.
Emiliano Sala: Nantes reveal plans to retire number 9 shirt in emotional statement after striker’s death is c – https://t.co/9wCuP6dzTh
A body recovered from the plane, which crashed in the English Channel, has been identified as Sala
Nantes have revealed plans to r… pic.twitter.com/oRlljIVK2Q
— TopSportsTime (@TopSportsTime) February 8, 2019
Nantes also redesigned their website to a Sala tribute theme.
'We will never forget you, Emi!'
— Indy Football (@IndyFootball) February 8, 2019
Nantes Payment Demands
In the midst of this, it is understood that Sala’s former club, Nantes have issued a threat to take legal action against English club, Cardiff City if payment for the missing player isn’t made within 10 days.
Sala who had just signed a deal with Cardiff City was on his way to his first training session with the English team when his plane disappeared. He never got to play for the club.
Nantes demand the first payment of Emiliano Sala's £15m transfer fee. pic.twitter.com/hwJVCsh6Uv
— ESPN UK (@ESPNUK) February 6, 2019
It is understood that the £15m transfer fee for the player is due to be paid in installments over 3 years. However, Nantes raised alarm when Cardiff withheld the first scheduled payment of £5.27m.
The French club has then given Cardiff a 10-day ultimatum to make this payment or face legal action.
'It is understood Nantes are threatening legal action if they do not receive a payment within 10 days.'
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) February 6, 2019
Cardiff on the other hand expressed surprise that Nantes made this demand while recovery attempts had not been finalized.
No further comments have been made by both clubs.