FIFA determined that Cardiff must pay the entire pass to Nantes for the Argentine Sala

The FIFA determined this Friday that CardiffWelsh club that plays in the English Championship (second division), must pay the last two installments to Nantes of France for the pass of Argentine striker Emiliano Salawho died on January 21, 2019 in a plane crash.

Cardiff, who when acquiring Sala’s pass played in the Premier League, will disburse a quota of six million euros and another of five to add a total of 11 of the 17 million that the token costreported the French sports daily L’Equipe.

FIFA considered in the resolution that “the agreement had been closed two days before the death of Emiliano Sala”. In at the time of death, the player was flying in a private plane across the English Channel to finalize the transfer to Cardiffan entity that also appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Cardiff ended up confirming FIFA’s sentence, while Nantes was more than satisfied with the resolution of the highest body of world football. The French club’s lawyer, Jérôme Marsaudon, indicated: “Nantes hopes that after four years of proceedings Cardiff will finally honor their financial commitments and stop their procedural harassment. Nantes is eager to finally close the legal aspect of this tragic accident.”

Sala, who never played in an Argentine team, was 28 years old and had an auspicious present and future as a goalscorer.. He was acquired by Cardiff from Nantes but when he was traveling from France to Wales the plane he was traveling in, a Piper PA-46 Malibu, crashed into the ocean. Aviation specialists commented that this trip implied a lot of risk for the pilot (David Ibbotson) and the aircraft due to the possible freezing of the wings or the engine.

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