Emiliano Sala: Cardiff ordered to pay Nantes £5.1m after losing appeal in transfer dispute | UK News

Cardiff have been ordered to pay the first installment of Emiliano Sala’s £15million transfer fee after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled the deal was done before his death.

The Argentine joined the Championship club from Nantes in January 2019, and the French side’s claim for the first €6m (£5.1m) has been confirmed by CAS.

room died when the light plane he was traveling in from France crashed into the English Channel on January 21, 2019, two days after Cardiff announced his signing.

His body was found and recovered from the wreckage of the plane weeks later. The body of pilot David Ibbotson has never been found.

A statement released by CAS read: “The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed an appeal by Cardiff City Football Club against Football Club de Nantes regarding the decision issued by the Players’ Status Committee Office of FIFA on September 25, 2019 (the contested decision).

“The contested decision, by which Cardiff City FC was ordered to pay six million euros to FC Nantes in connection with the transfer of the player Emiliano Sala between the clubs, is confirmed.”

Cardiff issued a statement which read: “Cardiff City are disappointed with the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

“Once the club’s lawyers have digested the reasons for the decision, we plan to appeal and we will not make any payments to FC Nantes in the meantime.

“If these appeals are unsuccessful and the club are required to pay the transfer fee, the club will take legal action against those responsible for the accident for damages to recoup its losses.

“All our thoughts must continue to go out to Emiliano’s family, who are now financially supported by the trust the club has placed in them.”

Soccer Football - Cardiff City - Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Britain - January 26, 2019 General view of the tributes left outside the stadium for Emiliano Sala REUTERS/Rebecca Naden
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Tributes left outside Cardiff City Stadium

The CAS refused to hear the second part of the Cardiff case, where the club claimed that Nantes, through their agents, were responsible for the accident and that Cardiff was therefore entitled to compensation.

The club still intend to have the complaint heard in a national court and seek a suspension of FIFA’s award of €6m to Nantes pending the outcome.

Cardiff will also appeal the CAS decision itself to the Swiss Federal Court.

A inquest into Sala’s death discovered that he had died from head and chest injuries, but was believed to have been unconscious at the time of the crash due to carbon monoxide poisoning.

The jury noted that Mr. Ibbotson did not have the correct license for commercial or night flying, and concluded that the aircraft itself was not operated or maintained in accordance with commercial use.

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