Cardiff ordered to pay Sala's fee

Cardiff ordered to pay Sala's fee

English Championship side Cardiff City has been ordered by FIFA to pay £5.3m (€6m) to Nantes for the transfer of Emiliano Sala.

The sum corresponds to the first installment that Cardiff was due to pay the Ligue 1 club in January, as per the deal agreed for the transfer of the Argentinian striker.

FIFA said in a statement: “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 installment 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.

"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."

Another Statement

Cardiff added in another statement on their website: "Cardiff City FC acknowledges the decision announced today by FIFA's Players Status Committee regarding the transfer of Emiliano Sala.

"We will be seeking further clarification from FIFA on the exact meaning of their statement in order to make an informed decision on our next steps."

Sala had signed for Cardiff for a £15m fee but died in a plane crash in the English Channel on January 21 as he was flying to the Welsh capital to start training with the then-Premier League side.

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