Emiliano Sala: Man and woman arrested over photo of believed to be of dead Cardiff City footballer in morgue


Emiliano Sala: Man and woman arrested over photo of believed to be of dead Cardiff City footballer in morgue

A man and a woman have been arrested after an image purporting to show the post-mortem examination of Emiliano Sala was posted on Twitter.

The images, which first appeared on social media several weeks ago, allegedly showed the Cardiff footballer’s remains at the Holly Tree Lodge mortuary in Bournemouth.

Sala tragically died after his plane went missing over the English channel days after moving to Cardiff

Wiltshire Police say a 48-year-old woman from Corsham has been arrested on suspicion of unauthorised access to computer material – which is an offence under the Computer Misuse Act – and malicious communications and is currently released on conditional bail.

And a 62-year-old man from Calne was also arrested on suspicion of unauthorised access to computer material. He is currently released under investigation.

A spokesman for the force said: “There is no evidence to suggest a break-in at the mortuary, and no evidence to suggest that any staff from the mortuary, or indeed any other council employees, are involved in any wrongdoing.”

A Cardiff City FC spokesperson said: “Cardiff City FC expresses its disgust and outrage at the individual/individuals who thoughtlessly took and shared the image.”

Cardiff issued a strong statement at the picture circulating online

Sala, who died aged 28, had just signed for Cardiff from Nantes before disappearing with the pilot of the Piper Malibu private plane after it crashed in the sea north of Guernsey on January 21.

Sala’s body was recovered on February 6 but David Ibbotson, 59, has not been found.

An Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) preliminary report in February said the pilot was not licensed to fly fee-paying passengers.

Sala’s body has been examined by a coroner, at the morgue for five days before being flown to Argentina for his funeral.