Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala’s body is to be returned to Argentina on Friday, the mayor of his hometown of Progreso, Julio Muller, told AFP on Tuesday.
Sala’s body was recovered from plane wreckage in the English Channel last week. He was flying to his new team, English Premier League side Cardiff City, from his old French club Nantes when his plane went missing over the Channel on January 21.
Muller said Sala’s body would arrive in the late afternoon and be taken to the gymnasium next to his youth club’s headquarters, where a vigil was scheduled.
He said Sala’s “mother, sister and brother have already arrived in Progreso.”
British authorities formally identified Sala’s body last week, after which his family said they could “now begin to mourn our son and our brother.”
Sala’s former team gave him a rousing send off on Sunday, playing a French league match in a special all black kit for the occasion, with each player wearing the Argentine’s name on the back of their jersey rather than their own.
Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala died of “head and trunk injuries”, an inquest in England heard Monday as it began to examine his death in a plane crash in the sea.
Sala, 28, had signed for English Premier League side Cardiff City and was flying to his new team from his old club Nantes in France when his plane went missing over the Channel on January 21.
The wreckage was located on the seabed. The striker’s body was recovered but pilot David Ibbotson is still missing. The plane remains under the sea.
In a brief hearing in Bournemouth on the south coast, an inquest into Sala’s death was opened, and adjourned until November 6 pending further inquiries.
The post-mortem presented at the hearing gave Sala’s cause of death as “head and trunk injuries”.