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Cardiff Ordered To Pay €6m To Nantes For Sala's Transfer

Austin Papi

Fresh reports suggest that the FIFA Players' Status Committee has ordered Cardiff City to pay Nantes €6 million (£5m/$6.5m) for the late Emiliano Sala.

The striker was set to become Cardiff's record signing when a deal was struck with the Ligue 1 club in January But before he made an appearance for the Welsh club, the plane carrying Sala from France to Wales for his medicals, crashed and he was killed, alongside his pilot, David Ibbotson.

Cardiff had earlier claimed the agreement to pay Nantes a £15m ($18m) fee was not legally binding because conditions insisted upon by the French club were not fulfilled. However, the FIFA Players' Status Committee said on Monday that the €6m Nantes should receive from Cardiff is nothing but a corresponding payment for the first instalment of the transfer contract, which is well backed by the policy.

The statement reads:

"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."