FIFA Players’ Status Committee has on Monday ordered Cardiff City to pay the initial £5m instalment of the £15m they owe Ligue One Side Nantes for the late Emiliano Sala. Cardiff City had refused to pay Nantes on grounds paperwork was not completed & registration not finalised at time of his death.
Sala was killed in a Plane crash before he could make an appearance for Cardiff City. The plane carrying Sala from France to Wales crashed with the Argentine killed together with his pilot David Ibbotson.
“In a meeting held on 25 September 2019, the FIFA Players’ Status Committee established that Cardiff City FC must pay FC Nantes the sum of EUR 6,000,000, corresponding to the first instalment due in accordance with the transfer agreement concluded between the parties on 19 January 2019 for the transfer of the late Emiliano Sala from FC Nantes to Cardiff City FC,” Read a Statement from FIFA.
“The FIFA Players’ Status Committee, which never lost sight of the specific and unique circumstances of this tragic situation during its deliberations on the dispute at stake, refrained from imposing procedural costs on the parties.
“The findings of the decision were notified to the parties concerned today. Within a deadline of ten days, Cardiff City FC and FC Nantes can request a copy of the grounds of the decision, which can be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne.”
The exact total amount FIFA has ruled must be paid across further instalments has not yet been revealed, while neither side have made public their intention to appeal the Players’ Status Committee’s decision with CAS at this juncture.
Investigations into the exact cause of the player and pilot’s death have been ongoing since the tragedy took place, with a 64-year-old man from the North Yorkshire area having been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by an unlawful act earlier this year.
In addition, a man and woman were jailed in September for illegally accessing and circulating the late Argentine’s post-mortem photos.