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Emiliano Sala death: Man arrested on suspicion of manslaughter, say British police

Argentine player died of 'head and trunk injuries', inquest told

The portrait of Argentine forward Emiliano Sala at the Beauvoir stadium in Nantes. AFP
The portrait of Argentine forward Emiliano Sala at the Beauvoir stadium in Nantes. AFP

A man has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter over the death of Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala, British police confirmed on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old forward died when a plane carrying him and pilot David Ibbotson came down in the Channel on January 21, just days after he had joined Cardiff City from Nantes.

"As a result of our enquiries we have today, Wednesday 19 June 2019, arrested a 64-year-old man from the North Yorkshire area on suspicion of manslaughter by an unlawful act," Detective Inspector Simon Huxter, of Dorset Police said in a statement.

"He is assisting with our enquiries and has been released from custody under investigation."

After a crowd-funded specialised search, Sala's body was recovered from the wreckage in February but Ibbotson's body has not been found.

More details to come.

Updated: June 19, 2019 10:05 PM

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