Cardiff City have issued a statement following confirmation of the death of their striker Emiliano Sala.
The Premier League club are in mourning after the news that the Argentine’s body has been recovered from the wreckage of the doomed flight to south Wales.
The Bluebirds, who signed Sala for £15 million from Nantes in January, say their “heartfelt sympathies” are with the players’ family.
“It is with great sadness that we report the following statement, issued on February 7th 2019 by the Dorset Police,” it read.
“The body brought to Portland Port today, Thursday 7 February 2019, has been formally identified by HM Coroner for Dorset as that of professional footballer Emiliano Sala.
“The families of Mr Sala and the pilot David Ibbotson have been updated with this news and will continue to be supported by specially-trained family liaison officers.’
“We offer our most heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the family of Emiliano. He and David will forever remain in our thoughts.”
The Premier League last night added: “Everyone at the Premier League offers sincere condolences to the family of Emiliano and our thoughts are with the loved ones of David.”
Cardiff manager Neil Warnock said last week that the tragic events made him question staying in the game.
“I’ve been in football management now 40 years, I think it’s by far the most difficult week in my career, by an absolute mile,” he said.