Cardiff have revealed they will inform FIFA that Emiliano Sala’s switch from Nantes was false in their response to a query over their delay in paying the Ligue 1 campaigners his £15m transfer fee.
According to the Guardian, the Premier League outfit Cardiff are set to disclose to world’s football governing body that Sala was ineligible to play in the English topflight at the time of his demise and could have moved on to another team of his choice.
At the time of his death in a plane crash on 21 January, Cardiff announced the arrived of the 28-year-old as the club’s record signing which was “subject to international clearance”.
The report further hinted that FIFA has handed Cardiff an April 3 deadline to reply Nantes complaint their refusal to pay the initial £5m instalment of Sala’s transfer fee.
Interestingly, Sala’s Cardiff deal was thrown out by the Premier League as it did not meet the agreed signing-on fee rules, but the forward Sala died before he could sign another and now a dispute has emerged.
“The club is aware of the FIFA request for response by 3 April and is processing that accordingly. We have nothing further to comment on it at this stage,” a Cardiff spokesperson was quoted as saying.
Already, Nantes’ representatives wrote to Cardiff on February 5, requesting for their part payment which was not honoured too.
And the Ligue 1 outfit have also headed to FIFA court to present their case.
“FC Nantes has completed all the required paperwork to complete the Emiliano Sala transfer. Thus, Fifa registered the international transfer certificate on 21st January 2019 at 5.30pm. Nantes is fully compliant with FIFA rules.
“As for Emiliano Sala’s registration in the Premier League, FC Nantes has no information about it. And if it could be a problem for Cardiff, it is not a problem for Nantes,” a spokesperson of the club was quoted as saying to the Daily Telegraph.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Late Emiliano Sala's family might be suing Nantes for refusing to compensate them.
The 28-year-old sealed a record £15 million move to Premier League side Cardiff City during the winter transfer window.
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