Hampshire Police have launched an investigation into reported taunts made by Southampton supporters towards Cardiff City fans on Saturday.
Skysports report that footage on social media appears to show three Saints fans making aeroplane gestures towards the away section at St Mary’s Stadium.
That is, of course, in reference to Bluebirds striker Emiliano Sala, who died after the aircraft he was travelling in lost contact with air traffic control and crashed into the English Channel.
The Argentine’s body has since been recovered from the wreckage, and the inquest into his death was opened and subsequently adjourned today.
The three supporters accused of making the gestures were ejected from the stadium, and Southampton have issued the following statement:
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.
Neil Warnock’s men won the match thanks to a 93rd-minute winner from Kenneth Zohore, two minutes after Jack Stephens had cancelled out Sol Bamba’s earlier strike.
Both teams observed a minute’s silence ahead of kick-off, and Bluebirds staff and fans wore daffodils as a mark of respect.