Cardiff ordered by FIFA to pay £5.3m to Nantes for transfer of Emiliano Sala

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Cardiff City ordered to pay just £5.3m of Emiliano Sala’s £15m transfer fee as FIFA rule on dispute with Nantes after striker’s tragic death in plane crash over the English Channel

  • FIFA have ordered Cardiff to pay Nantes £5.3million for Emiliano Sala transfer
  • The Argentine striker tragically died in a plane crash over the English channel
  • Both clubs have been in dispute over what the Welsh club owe for the deal 

Cardiff have been told they must pay €6million (£5.3m) to Nantes for the transfer of Emiliano Sala as FIFA have stepped in to resolve the dispute.

The Welsh club, who had concluded all the contractual paperwork for their record 17m euro (£15m) signing, attempted to prove that culpability for the crash which killed the 28-year-old old lay with the French club – a strategy the hope will allow them to reduce their financial exposure. 

But at a meeting held during the FIFA Players’ Status Committee last week, football’s governing body ruled Cardiff must now pay up for the deal concluded in January before he died.   

Cardiff have been told by FIFA that they must pay Nantes £5.3million for the transfer of Emiliano Sala after the two clubs failed to reach an agreement over the player since he died

Cardiff have been told by FIFA that they must pay Nantes £5.3million for the transfer of Emiliano Sala after the two clubs failed to reach an agreement over the player since he died

The next step means that now a decision has been delivered, both clubs have a period of 10 days in which they can request a copy of the grounds which led to the decision and sum owed. 

If either party is unhappy then an appeal can be lodged and the case will go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne. 

Nantes and Cardiff have spent months trying to reach a resolution on who was responsible for the player and whether the transfer was null and void.  

The Argentine, who was 28, died in a plane crash in January while travelling from France to join his new club after the aircraft plunged into Hurd’s Deep, one of the most perilous areas in the Channel.

Cardiff had argued they were not liable for the £15m fee because Sala was not officially their player when he died, despite pictures showing him at the club holding the shirt just days prior.

The Piper Malibu carrying Sala from Nantes to Cardiff vanished over Alderney on January 21 which plunged into one of the Channel's most perilous areas, known as Hurd's Deep

The Piper Malibu carrying Sala from Nantes to Cardiff vanished over Alderney on January 21 which plunged into one of the Channel’s most perilous areas, known as Hurd’s Deep

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