Police are conducting an investigation after a photo believed to be that of the body of Emiliano Sala appeared online.
The 28-year-old died in a plane crash on 21 January along with the pilot, David Ibbotson, during a flight to Cardiff following his £15 million transfer from Nantes.
Sala’s body was discovered two weeks later in the wreckage in the English Channel near Guernsey. The remains of Mr Ibbotson have never been found.
“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 said 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.
It is believed that the photo was taken at the Holly Tree Lodge mortuary in Bournemouth, south England following the crash.
A report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) in February said the pilot was not licensed to carry fee-paying passengers and the plane was not registered for commercial flights. However, it is thought that the journey would have been allowed as a ‘private’ flight in which costs are shared between pilot and passenger.
The father of Emiliano Sala, Horacio, died earlier this week at the age of 58 following a heart attack.