Southampton are intending to ban two supporters who were arrested after allegedly making “indecent gestures” during the match against at St Mary’s.
Images circulated on social media show one man making what appears to be an aeroplane gesture in reference to the tragic death of Cardiff striker Emiliano Sala who was confirmed dead by Dorset police on Thursday.
Shortly after the match, which Cardiff won 2-1, Southampton Football Club issued the following statement: “Southampton Football Club can confirm that two fans were detained and had their details taken by police during our match against Cardiff City on Saturday.
“The Club will continue to work with Hampshire Police to identify any individuals deemed to have made indecent gestures towards Cardiff supporters.
“Such behaviour has no place in our game and will not be tolerated at St Mary’s. The club will be taking an extremely firm stance against anyone involved and intends to ban those supporters identified.”
All Premier League and EFL players, including those at St Mary’s, wore black armbands as a mark of respect for the recent tragedy and a minute’s silence was impeccably observed before kick off.
Hampshire Police’s Football United account added on Twitter: “Sad to say more than one arrest today of Saints fans for appalling gestures towards Cardiff fans, we will be working closely with Southampton to prevent this behaviour at football.”