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

Emiliano Sala.

World football governing body FIFA, has ordered Cardiff to pay Nantes £5.3m for the transfer of Emiliano Sala.

Now Fifa has published the outcome with Nantes awarded £5.3m “corresponding to the first instalment due in accordance with the transfer agreement”.

The 28-year-old Argentine , died in a plane crash in January while travelling from France to Wales in order to link up with his new teammates.

Sala had signed for Cardiff for a £15m fee, the Welsh club concluded all the contractual paperwork for their record.

After the disappearance of the plane and Sala’s confirmed death, Nantes had sent Cardiff an invoice for the first scheduled payment, but the then Premier League side withheld the money over confusion relating to the transfer’s documentation and final registration.

The Welsh club reportedly attempted to prove that culpability for the crash which killed the 28-year-old old lay with the French club – a strategy they hope will allow them to reduce their financial exposure.

There was now a dispute between the two clubs whether Sala was a Cardiff or a Nantes player at the time of the plane journey, and whether Cardiff would have to pay the transfer fee agreed by the clubs.

Cardiff claimed that Sala was still not officially their player at the time of his death.

Following a meeting in Zurich last Wednesday, FIFA notified both clubs of its findings on Monday and stated they will have the opportunity to appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne.

Emiliano Sala. body was recovered after the plane was eventually located on February 3, 13 days after it had disappeared off air traffic control radar screens.

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