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​Man arrested for manslaughter of Cardiff striker Sala

A man has been arrested in connection with the tragic death of footballer Emiliano Sala.

The striker was involved in a fatal plane crash as he was travelling from France to England to complete a transfer to then Premier League side Cardiff.

Dorset Police have confirmed to media outlets that a 64-year-old man was taken into custody this week on suspicion of manslaughter.

Both Sala and the pilot perished in the private plane crash back in Janaury.

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.

"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."


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