Nantes has made a claim to FIFA against Premier League side Cardiff City over the payment of Emiliano Sala’s transfer fee.
Cardiff City are due to pay the first instalment of the transfer fee today.
The Premier League side secured the signing of the late footballer last month. While returning to Cardiff, Sala’s aircraft crashed into the sea on January 22.
After an intensive recovery operation, his body was found on February 7.
Sala’s funeral was held in his hometown of Progreso in Argentina on February 15.
The footballing world paid tributes to Emiliano Sala following the incident. While Cardiff City sang his name in their first home game of the season, Nantes stopped their game against St. Etienne in the 9th minute to conduct minute-long applause for the footballer.
Nantes have made a claim to FIFA over Cardiff City’s refusal to pay the first instalment of the £15million transfer fee spent on Emiliano Sala. Sala died in a plane crash over the English Channel days after becoming the Bluebirds’ record signing, and.. https://t.co/MS6lHYcejx
— Full Time (@fulltimewh) February 27, 2019
BREAKING: Nantes contact FIFA to demand Emiliano Sala transfer money from Cardiff City as deadline arrives https://t.co/ku3GR2AJF3
— Cardiff City Online (@CardiffCityLive) February 27, 2019
It has now been determined that Nantes has demanded the payment of the first instalment of the fees for Emiliano Sala.
Cardiff City are due to pay the complete transfer fee (15 million pounds) over a three-year instalment.
They’ve approached FIFA with a claim against Cardiff City for the payment.
“We can confirm we have received a claim . . . in connection with the transfer,” said a spokesman from football’s governing body.
“We are looking into the matter and consequently we have no further comments at this stage.”
Nantes go to FIFA to demand first payment from Cardiff for £15m transfer of Emiliano Sala as Premier League club withhold fee until investigations into striker’s tragic plane crash are complete https://t.co/fIOtWQgJON
— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) February 27, 2019
Emiliano Sala . Be nice if FIFA pay the Family the agreed fee. And both clubs and Agents pay A Third back over the length of the kids contract. It’s like dogs fighting over a bone . R.I.P. Emiliano Sala #Respect.
— Paul McGrath (@Paulmcgrath5) February 22, 2019
Family of David Ibbotson, the pilot killed alongside Cardiff striker Emiliano Sala say a search will resume for his body next week using deep sea divers and helicopters #CapitalReports pic.twitter.com/GPnBPKsRKZ
— Capital London News (@CapitalLONnews) February 19, 2019
Tributes for Emiliano Sala continue to be laid at the Cardiff City Stadium; photographed here prior to Cardiff City’s clash with Watford. Despite holding the London side to only a 1-0 lead at the break, Deulofeu scored 3 as The Hornets went on to win 5-1. ( 📸 @jmp_uk ) pic.twitter.com/r19UZDiQ5j
— Ryan Hiscott (@RHiscottImages) February 25, 2019
Cardiff were initially due to pay the first instalment on February 20, but both the clubs agreed to extend the deadline by a week. The French side wrote to Cardiff City regarding the payment of the fee in the first week of February.
Bordeaux are due 50% of the total transfer fee for Emiliano Sala because of a sell-on clause when they sold Sala to Nantes in 2015.
The pilot of the aircraft, David Ibbotson remains missing since the incident.