Emilio Sala had lost his life in a plane crash even before playing a game for Cardiff City Football Club. Still, FIFA Players’ Status Committee has ruled that the Wales-based club must pay Nantes FC €6 million as part of the players’ transfer deal.
Cardiff FC had announced Sala as their record signing following a £15 million (€16.92) transfer deal with Nantes FC. Cardiff FC had declined to honour the commitment, arguing that the contract to sign the player had not concluded at the time of Sala’s death.
FIFA Players’ Status Committee, the adjudicatory body on players’ transfer disputes, has however ruled that the Cardiff FC must pay the first instalment of the players’ transfer deal.
Both the clubs have been given ten days’ time to file an appeal against the FIFA committee’s verdict.
FIFA has issues a statement in the matter, saying: “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 €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.transfer
“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 in Lausanne.”
Nantes are expected to seek the two further annual instalments when they fall due, and the Fifa ruling means Cardiff are likely to be ordered to pay them.
Sala had died in a plane crash on January 21, three weeks after Cardiff FC had announced the record signing.