FIFA mandates Cardiff City Football club to pay Nantes FC 6 million Euros for the transfer of Emiliano Sala

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Emiliano Sala

World governing football body FIFA have told Cardiff City Football club that they must pay Nantes Fc 6 million Euros for the transfer of Emiliano Sala who died in a plane crash on his way to the Welsh club.

The sum was agreed as the first instalment for the player.

Emiliano Sala was travelling to Cardiff from the French club in January after signing for £15 million when his plane crashed in the English Channel.

The body of the 28-year-old Argentine striker was recovered nearly three weeks later after an underwater search found the wreckage. Pilot David Ibbotson has not been found.

The clubs were involved in a dispute over when the first instalment of the fee should be paid and FIFA began investigating Sala’s transfer following a claim from the French club in February.

Both clubs were notified of the decision on Monday and FIFA said they could appeal against it to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman said at the time that the club would pay the transfer fee if contractually obliged.