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Emiliano Sala's body arrives in Argentina for weekend wake and burial

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Cardiff, Saints players pay tribute to Emiliano Sala (0:59)

A period of silence was held to remember the life of Emiliano Sala before kick-off between Southampton and Cardiff at St. Mary's. (0:59)

The body of footballer Emiliano Sala arrived in Argentina on Friday, ahead of this weekend's wake and burial in his home town.

TV pictures showed a van carrying the body being slowly escorted out of the Buenos Aires airport by police vehicles.

The body is being driven to Progreso, around 538 kilometres (334 miles) northwest of the capital Buenos Aires, for a vigil and wake.

Sala, 28, had been flying from his previous club Nantes in western France to Wales on Jan. 21 with pilot David Ibbotson to join up with Cardiff City when the single-engine Piper Malibu aircraft he was aboard disappeared over the English Channel.

Wreckage was found on Feb. 3 following a privately-funded underwater search and Sala's body was recovered three days later.

Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock and chief executive Ken Choo are among those who will attend the funeral.