Emiliano Sala: Cardiff footballer's funeral takes place


17th February, 2019 11:05:18 printer

Emiliano Sala: Cardiff footballer's funeral takes place


Mourners have been paying their final respects to Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala in his native Argentina.


The 28-year-old died when the plane he was in with pilot David Ibbotson crashed in the English Channel en route from Nantes to Cardiff on 21 January.


A wake was held at the club Sala played for as a youth in his hometown of Progreso before the funeral started later on Saturday.


Among those who attended was Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock.


"I would like to find a responsible person...someone who says to me: 'this happened'; but, well, it seems this was just an accident," said Sala's aunt Mirta Taffarel.


Sala was killed when a single-engine light aircraft, flown by pilot Mr Ibbotson, crashed near Alderney just two days after he became Cardiff City's record transfer.


His body, which was recovered from the wreckage following a privately-funded search last week, was repatriated to Argentina on Friday.


It was then driven from Buenos Aires to the Sante Fe province, where Sala grew up.