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Cardiff city owner Vincent Tan has offered to pay for Sala's remains to be flown back to his home country Argentina. His pilot David Ibbotson's body is still missing.

French club Nantes have demanded payment from Cardiff City over the £15m transfer of Emiliano Sala, BBC Wales has learned.

Sala, 28, was Cardiff's record signing but never played for the club.

The player's body was first spotted by British rescuers using a remotely operated underwater vehicle on Sunday, close to where the plane vanished from radar.

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. It was taken to Bournemouth where it was formally identified.

An initial search and rescue effort was called off by Guernsey Police after three days on January 24.

"I am very sorry about this sad news".

The body was identified later. "Rest in peace warrior", tweeted former Argentina striker Batistuta.

The country's President Mauricio Macri also mourned the "painful news".

But strong currents and winter weather forced them to call off the search before locating 59-year-old pilot David Ibbotson - the only other person on the Piper Malibu propeller aircraft.

"Any donations would be very much appreciated".

"When something like this happens it brings all the football family together", he said.

Before Saturday's kick-off there was an impeccably observed minute's silence at the ground with Cardiff going on to win 2-1 thanks to Kenneth Zohore's dramatic goal in the third minute of stoppage time which saw them climb out of the relegation zone.

It said: "Your soul in my soul it will shine forever thus illuminating the time of my existence".



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