'Absolutely disgusting': Fans mock football star killed in plane crash

Two Southampton supporters could be banned from the club after taunting Cardiff City fans about the death of striker Emiliano Sala.

Sala died in a plane crash last month, days after joining Cardiff, and his body was found on Thursday.

Two Southampton fans were photographed making aeroplane gestures during their side’s 2-1 home Premier League defeat by Cardiff on Saturday.

“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.

The fans mocked Sala’s death. Image: Twitter
The fans mocked Sala’s death. Image: Twitter

“Such behaviour has no place in our game and will not be tolerated at St Mary’s.”

Southampton said they would work with Hampshire police to identify individuals who made indecent gestures towards Cardiff supporters.

“The club will be taking an extremely firm stance against anyone involved and intends to ban those supporters identified,” they added.

Fans took to social media to slam the two men.

Players from both teams observed a minute’s silence in tribute to Sala before the game.

“We wanted to do it for Emiliano and I’m really proud the lads have done him justice,” Cardiff manager Neil Warnock said.

Fans paid tribute to Sala around the world. Image: AAP
Fans paid tribute to Sala around the world. Image: AAP

The plane carrying Sala from the French city of Nantes to Cardiff, his new club, disappeared near the British island of Guernsey on January 21.

Pilot David Ibbotson remains missing.

Cardiff went 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.

with agencies