Cardiff City face a three-window transfer ban unless they pay French club Nantes the first instalment for the transfer of Emiliano Sala, FIFA said on Monday. FIFA released the full reasoning for their September decision that Cardiff must pay the agreed first instalment of six million Euros to Nantes.
After signing for Cardiff for fifteen million pounds in January, Sala was travelling to Wales from Nantes when his plane crashed in the English Channel.
FIFA’s ruling argued that the transfer had been officially completed before Sala’s death and therefore Cardiff remained obliged to make agreed payments.
The club, relegated from the Premier League last season, had argued that the circumstances surrounding Sala’s death, in a plane organised by an agent who brokered the transfer, meant Nantes were liable for damages caused to them.