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Two Southampton fans are arrested after members of crowd were filmed making plane gestures to Cardiff supporters following death of striker Emiliano Sala

  • Two Southampton fans were seen making plane gesture to Cardiff supporters 
  • It comes just days after the confirmation of the death of striker Emiliano Sala
  • Sala's light aircraft carrying him to Cardiff crash-landed in the English channel
  • Both fans were detained and Southampton are set to impose stadium bans 

By Kieran Gill for MailOnline

Published: 14:10 EST, 9 February 2019 | Updated: 15:24 EST, 9 February 2019

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Two Southampton fans were detained by police for mocking the death of Emiliano Sala by making airplane gestures towards Cardiff City supporters inside St Mary’s Stadium.

This was Cardiff’s first game since it was confirmed that their £15million signing had died in a plane crash and tributes were paid to the player following the tragedy.

Yet sickening footage emerged afterwards showing two men in the stands at St Mary’s, stretching their arms out wide and pretending to be planes towards the away end.

A Southampton supporter was seen looking across at the Cardiff fans and making the gesture
A Southampton supporter was seen looking across at the Cardiff fans and making the gesture

A Southampton supporter was seen looking across at the Cardiff fans and making the gesture

He held his arms outstretched and bobbed from side to side to replicate a plane's movement
He held his arms outstretched and bobbed from side to side to replicate a plane's movement

He held his arms outstretched and bobbed from side to side to replicate a plane's movement

Cardiff fans can be heard in the video calling them ‘sick’ while a steward approaches the pair. Both fans had their details taken by Hampshire Police and will face three-year banning orders from the South Coast club.

 A Southampton statement read: 'Southampton Football Club can confirm that two fans were detained and had their details taken by police during our match against Cardiff City on Saturday.

'The Club will continue to work with Hampshire Police to identify any individuals deemed to have made indecent gestures towards Cardiff supporters.

'Such behaviour has no place in our game and will not be tolerated at St Mary’s. The club will be taking an extremely firm stance against anyone involved and intends to ban those supporters identified.' 

The visitors won via a stoppage-time winner from Kenneth Zohore and manager Neil Warnock said afterwards: ‘We wanted to do it for Emiliano and I'm really proud the lads have done him justice.’

Players in games across the Premier League and EFL wore black armbands in tribute to Sala.

Supporters paid emotional tribute to the £15million striker who never got to make his debut
Supporters paid emotional tribute to the £15million striker who never got to make his debut

Supporters paid emotional tribute to the £15million striker who never got to make his debut

A banner was also unfolded and passed from one supporter to another across the away end
A banner was also unfolded and passed from one supporter to another across the away end

A banner was also unfolded and passed from one supporter to another across the away end

Cardiff were victorious in the match courtesy of a Kenneth Zohore goal deep in added time
Cardiff were victorious in the match courtesy of a Kenneth Zohore goal deep in added time

Cardiff were victorious in the match courtesy of a Kenneth Zohore goal deep in added time

There was a minute’s silence at St Mary’s while Cardiff fans wore daffodils in memory of the Argentine. They also sang his name throughout.

Sol Bamba, who scored Cardiff’s other goal, said afterwards: ‘It’s been a tough couple of weeks. I know Emiliano Sala was looking from up there so it's good to get the three points.’

Sala, 28, was travelling to Cardiff in a light aircraft with pilot David Ibbotson which went missing over the English Channel on January 21.

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