Cardiff City are set to appeal a ruling by FIFA mandating that the club pay a staggering £5.3 million for the transfer fee of the late Emiliano Sala.
The Welsh side are at loggerheads with Ligue 1 side Nantes with both parties unwilling to bear the loss that came with Sala’s death.
Sala passed away when he was on the verge of completing a transfer from Nantes to Cardiff on January 21 for £15m.
He was the only passenger in the ill-fated plane which crashed in the English Channel, with his body recovered days later.
Since his death, there has been a wrestle between the two clubs over who should sit with the initial transfer fee.
With the intervention of FIFA, Cardiff was ordered to pay Nantes half the sum – something they have vowed to dispute.
In a statement, Cardiff City through their spokesperson expressed disappointment in FIFA’s directive as the club maintained their stance on the issue.
"Cardiff City FC is extremely disappointed at the decision of the Players Status Committee to award against the club. It would appear the committee has reached its conclusion on a narrow aspect of the overall dispute, without considering the full documentation presented by Cardiff City FC to FIFA,'' the club said.
The Welsh club maintains that the deal was not “completed in accordance with multiple contractual requirements” hence they consider it null and void.
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Legit.ng had earlier reported that FIFA have directed Cardiff to pay Nantes only £5.3m for late Argentine forward striker Emiliano Sala.
According to UK Sun report, the former Premier League campaigners agreed a £15m fee for the forward in January, who went missing two days later while returning from France.
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