A man has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter over the death of Cardiff City’s Emiliano Sala, British police confirmed on Wednesday.
The Argentine footballer died when a plane he was flying in with pilot David Ibbotson crashed into the English Channel on January 21, days after he had joined Premier League side, Cardiff City, from Nantes in France.
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“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.”
But Huxter urged the media and the public not to speculate over the identity of the suspect, to avoid prejudicing the investigation.
Sala had signed for Cardiff in a record deal worth £15 million during the January transfer window.
After travelling to Cardiff to complete the deal, the 28-year-old traveled back to France to collect his belongings and say farewell to his teammates.
However, the plane, piloted by Ibbotson, went down on their return to the Welsh capital.
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The Initial search operations for the player and pilot were suspended three days after the plane went missing.
However, a crowdfunding effort supported by thousands of donations, including from football stars such as Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe, helped launch a private search.
That specialised search eventually found the body in the wreckage of the plane under the water in February. The remain of the pilot had not been found up til now.