Post-mortem finds Emiliano Sala died from 'head and trunk' injuries

Meanwhile, Cardiff City have cancelled the club's trip to Tenerife for a mid-season break so players can mourn the striker's death with their families.

Wales Online report that: "The inquest has heard Emiliano Sala was identified by finger print evidence".

Ian Parry, a senior coroner's officer for Dorset, said: "Mr Sala was identified on February 7 by means of fingerprint evidence analyses by fingerprint expert Christopher Bradbury".

Sala's body was recovered from the wreckage found 220ft underwater last week and brought to shore at Portland, which is why the inquest is taking place in Dorset.

TRAGIC footballer Emiliano Sala died from injuries to his head and chest after the plane he was flying in crashed into the English Channel last month, a post-mortem has confirmed.

Sala, 28, had recently signed a contract with the English Premier League club Cardiff City for a club record fee of about 17 million euros ($19m), after scoring 12 goals while playing for the French club Nantes.

"On Monday January 21 a Malibu aircraft left Nantes airport for Cardiff", Mr Parry said.

A message on the page said: "Please help bring David Ibbotson home and help give him the send off he deserves".

Many expressed outrage that he clumsily asked the family why they wanted Ibbotson's body back, sparking a flurry of angry tweets about his insensitivity.

Through tears, his daughter Danielle told the programme she repeatedly rang his mobile phone when told by police the aircraft was missing.

I think when you get to my age you don't worry too much really.

While Sala's body was recovered from the plane wreckage, the pilot's has not yet been found.

A £27,000 donation under the name Elie Lottin, apparently made by France's World Cup winning footballer Kylian Sanmi Mbappe Lottin, is also listed. I'm going somewhere near Swansea, me, for two nights.

The Air Accidents Investigations Branch (AAIB) said the search and rescue operation had been carried out "as dignified a way as possible" and the men's families were kept updated throughout.

Vanessa Coleman