The Catch-up: Footballer Sala 'was poisoned' before plane crash

What happened?

Footballer Emiliano Sala was exposed to harmful levels of carbon monoxide before he was killed in a plane crash, accident investigators said today. Tests on the striker’s body found enough evidence of the harmful gas to cause a heart attack, seizure or unconsciousness, the report says. His blood was found to have a 58% Carbon Monoxide reading - a 50% reading can cause death.

High levels of CO

Sala and pilot David Ibbotson died when their Piper Malibu aircraft crashed in the Channel on January 21, three days after he had signed for Cardiff City. Sala’s body was recovered on February 6 but Mr Ibbotson has not been located. An inquest earlier this year ruled that Sala died from severe injuries to his head and upper body, however, today’s findings suggest he could have been killed before he hit the water.

Tangled case

The findings are the latest around a crash that has becoming increasingly tangled. The case raised fears over how footballers are treated as they transfer between clubs. An interim report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) revealed Mr Ibbotson did not have a commercial flying licence. Indeed, Sala’s body was only found after his family brought in professional wreck-hunters to find him after officials called off the initial search. Last week, two CCTV workers admitted accessing footage of the post-mortem examination of Sala.

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Carbon monoxide found in footballer’s body ‘raises questions’ (Sky News)

Two face jail after watching footage of Emiliano Sala's post-mortem (Telegraph)

Sala: His final days and the transfer that rocked football (Telegraph)

WhatsApp message reveals Sala didn’t want to join Cardiff (Independent)


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