It was during the EPL 2019 match between Southampton and Cardiff City, a couple of fans made fun of Emiliano Sala’s death. Emiliano Sala died of a plane crash and his body was recovered from the wreckage under the English channel a couple of days ago. The fans in the stadium were photographed making aeroplane gestures towards the Cardiff supporters. The club has banned them from entering the stadium and issued a press release immediately. Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Wayne Rooney, Mesut Ozil Pay Tributes to Emiliano Sala.
"Southampton Football Club can confirm that two fans were detained and had their details taken by police during our match against Cardiff City," the club said in a statement. "Such behaviour has no place in our game and will not be tolerated at St Mary's,” further read the release. The Southampton club also mentioned that they would work with the police to identify the two individuals. The club will be taking an extremely firm stance against anyone involved and intends to ban those supporters identified," they added. See pic below:
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Imbeciles hay en todos lados. Dos hinchas del Southampton se burlaron de Emiliano Sala haciendo gestos de un avión en el partido vs Cardiff. Fueron detenidos por la policía y se les prohibirá de por vida el ingreso a los estadios de fútbol. Duelen los ojos de solo ver la imagen😡
Players from both teams observed a minute long silence to mourn the death of the footballer. Cardiff went on to beat Southampton 2-1. Oumar Niasse posted a tweet after the victory and dedicated the win to the Sala.
Hard earned win 🔥 For Emiliano🙏🏿 Thanks to all the fans for the support!
— Oumar Niasse (@niassebayeoumar) February 9, 2019
Players like Mesut Ozil, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Lionel Messi paid tributes to Sala on social media. The official account of the Premier League had also confirmed that the players would wear back bands in honour of Sala.