London - British police are investigating after a photograph believed to be of late footballer Emiliano Sala's body appeared online.
"We are aware that a picture reported to be of Mr Sala's body has
been shared on social media channels and are disgusted that somebody did
this," Dorset Police told AFP in a statement.
"It is clearly a very difficult time for Mr Sala's family and they should not have to endure additional pain.
"We are investigating this incident," he added.
The image is believed to have been taken at the Holly Tree Lodge
mortuary in Bournemouth, south England, following the plane crash that
killed the 28-year-old striker.
The small plane carrying the player came down in the Channel en route
to Cardiff on January 21, two days after he completed his transfer from
French side Nantes.
The plane did not have a commercial licence, according to British
investigators, but the journey would have been allowed as a "private"
flight in which costs are shared between pilot and passenger.
Pilot David Ibbotson, 59, who was flying the Piper PA-46 Malibu, has never been found.
Sala's body was recovered from the submerged wreckage on February 7.
His father, Horacio, died earlier this week at the age of 58 following a heart attack.