Nantes complain to FIFA as Cardiff miss Sala payment

Nantes have made a complaint to FIFA after Cardiff City failed to pay the first instalment of Emiliano Sala’s £15 million transfer fee.

The Premier League side signed Sala for a club-record fee in January, but the plane carrying the striker went missing over the English channel as he travelled from Nantes to Cardiff to join up with his new team-mates.

The player’s death was later confirmed after a body was recovered from the plane wreckage, with Sala’s funeral having since taken place in Argentina on February 16.

Cardiff delayed their initial payment for the Argentine striker as chairman Mehmet Dalman said there were “anomalies” in the deal that need to be investigated beforehand, prompting Nantes to threaten legal action.

The French club then granted an extension on the first deadline, but Cardiff have held off paying.

A statement from FIFA confirmed that Nantes have now taken the case to a higher authority.

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