Man arrested over death of footballer Emiliano Sala

A 64-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by an unlawful act in relation to the death of Emiliano Sala. Credit: PA

A man has been arrested in connection to the death of footballer Emiliano Sala, who died in a plane crash earlier this year.

Dorset Police confirmed that a 64-year-old man from North Yorkshire was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by an unlawful act.

He has been released from custody while investigations are ongoing.

Wreckage of the plane carrying Emiliano Sala was found in the English Channel. Credit: PA

Cardiff City signing Sala was flown over from France to Cardiff when the plane lost contract with Air Traffic Control north of Guernsey on January 21.

His body was found on February 4 after an extensive search in the English Channel.

The body of David Ibbotson, 59, who was flying the plane, has not yet been found.

Detective Inspector Simon Huxter, of Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT), said: “We have carried out a wide-ranging investigation into the circumstances of the death of Mr Sala and continue to work with partner agencies including the Civil Aviation Authority.

“As part of this investigation we have to consider whether there is any evidence of any suspected criminality and 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.

Fans paid tribute to Sala following his disappearance. Credit: PA

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

“This matter therefore is still subject to a live investigation and I would ask the media and members of the public to refrain from speculation, as this could cause additional distress to the families involved as well as potentially hinder the investigation.

“As is standard practice, we will not be releasing any further information as to the identity of the individual who has been arrested unless that person is charged to appear in court and again would discourage any speculation in relation to this.”