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Southampton vow to take action against fans who made 'indecent gestures' over Emiliano Sala's death

Video footage taken during match with Cardiff on Saturday shows two fans making aeroplane gestures towards the away fans

A minute's silence was held in honour of Emiliano Sala before Southampton v Cardiff City on Saturday. But the home club are now investigating reports two home fans made indecent gestures over the Argentine player's death during the match. Getty
A minute's silence was held in honour of Emiliano Sala before Southampton v Cardiff City on Saturday. But the home club are now investigating reports two home fans made indecent gestures over the Argentine player's death during the match. Getty

Southampton have said they will ban any supporters found to have made indecent gestures towards Cardiff City fans mocking the death of Emiliano Sala during Saturday's Premier League match at St Mary's Stadium.

Cardiff were in action for the first time since the striker's body had been recovered from underwater wreckage in the English Channel and formally identified by the Dorset coroner.

The flight carrying Sala from Nantes to Cardiff following his £15 million (Dh72.1m) transfer to the Premier League club crashed into the sea near Alderney on January 21. Pilot David Ibbotson remains missing.

A minute's silence had been impeccably observed as part of the tributes before kick-off at the game, which the Welsh side went on to win 2-1 with Kenneth Zohore's dramatic goal in the third minute of stoppage time.

However, video later emerged on social media of two men in the home section of the stadium apparently making aeroplane gestures in the direction of the away fans.

Southampton confirmed both supporters had been spoken to by Hampshire Police and intended to take "an extremely firm stance" over the incident.

A statement issued on Saturday evening 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."

Updated: February 10, 2019 10:15 AM

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