Cardiff City have been told to pay the first instalment of 6m euros (£5.3m) to Nantes for £15m striker Emiliano Sala.

Fifa ruled Cardiff must pay the sum "corresponding to the first instalment due" in the transfer agreement.

The Argentine, who was 28, died in a plane crash in January while travelling from France to join his new club.

Cardiff have argued they were not liable for any of the £15m fee because Sala was not officially their player when he died.

The club refused to make interim payments, claiming the deal was not legally binding.

Cardiff believe the transfer was null and void because Cardiff said the Premier League had rejected certain clauses requested by Nantes in the original contract and that Sala never had a chance to review or sign the final version, meaning their record signing was not registered as a Premier League player.

Getting a bit of stick on Tw@tter about this. 

It's 6m euro out of the 15m. I merely suggested they had arrived at that figure as he made it 40% over the channel. 

Easily offended peeps these days. 

The two arguments are:

- Contract signed so Cardiff should pay in full

- Cardiff claim never received player. (Not sure how to put that nicely)

seasider wrote:

The two arguments are:

- Contract signed so Cardiff should pay in full

- Cardiff claim never received player. (Not sure how to put that nicely)

They received him the moment they put him on a dodgy flight they organised.
Cardiff didn't organise the flight. It was his agent wasn't it?

It’s a shitty freak situation. 

Magic, your a cunt for being so insensitive. 

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Leesthedaddy wrote:

It’s a shitty freak situation. 

Magic, your a cunt for being so insensitive. 

🤣🤣

Correct. 

I think it's a fair conclusion. Nantes are a small French club and definitely needed some kind of payment. Cardiff could argue they never received the player but I think it could have been a lot worse for them.

Anyway, can't be nice for the family to read all this arguing so hopefully not much more will be said or done.
seasider wrote:Cardiff didn't organise the flight. It was his agent wasn't it?
Not sure with this specific flight, but if it was it was under Cardiffs instruction. He was a Cardiff player, he'd had a medical, signed a contract and been at the club. The only reason he was even back in France was to sort out his affairs.

Cardiff to appeal

Emiliano Sala: Cardiff to challenge Fifa's ruling over £5.3m payment to Nantes - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/49904028