Soccer Player Sala’s Body Identified

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The family of Emiliano Sala has paid tribute to the footballer after police confirmed it was his body that was pulled from the wreckage of a missing airplane in the English Channel.

In an emotional post on Instagram, his sister Romina Sala wrote: "Your soul in my soul will shine forever, illuminating the time of my existence. I love you Tito."

The body of the 28-year-old, who had recently signed for English Premier League club Cardiff City, was identified by UK police late Wednesday. In a statement, Dorset Police said: "The body brought to Portland Port today ... has been formally identified by HM Coroner for Dorset as that of professional footballer Emiliano Sala."

The statement continued: "The families of Mr. Sala and the pilot, David Ibbotson, have been updated with this news and will continue to be supported by specially-trained family liaison officers. Our thoughts remain with them at this difficult time."

Police also said they will continue to probe the "circumstances of this death,” reports CNN.

Argentine President Mauricio Macri sent his condolences to the Sala family, tweeting: "We are with you."

Sala and the 59-year-old Ibbotson were flying in the single-turbine aircraft from Nantes, northern France, to the Welsh capital of Cardiff, when it disappeared from radar near the Channel Islands on January 21.

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