Football: CAS rejects Cardiff appeal over Sala transfer fee

Emiliano Sala died in a plane accident en route to Cardiff from France, two days after his transfer was completed. PHOTO: REUTERS

GENEVA (AFP) - The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Friday (Aug 26) dismissed an appeal by Cardiff City against having to pay the first instalment of the transfer fee for Argentinian footballer Emiliano Sala, who died in a plane accident.

The CAS threw out the appeal filed by the former English Premier League club against French side Nantes, after being ordered to pay the first instalment of €6 million (S$8.4 million).

The CAS proceedings only concerned the first instalment of the total transfer fee of €17 million.

Flown by pilot David Ibbotson, the small plane carrying the 28-year-old striker came down in the Channel en route to Cardiff on Jan 21, 2019, two days after he completed his transfer.

On Sept 25 that year, the Bureau of the Fifa Players' Status Committee ordered Cardiff to pay the first part of the transfer fee.

Cardiff appealed to CAS in November 2019. The parties requested the hearing be held in person, which was not possible before the end of 2021.

The hearings took place on March 3 and 4 this year.

"After taking into due consideration all the evidence produced and all the arguments put forward by both clubs, the CAS panel found the player's transfer from FC Nantes to Cardiff City FC to have been completed," CAS said in its decision.

"Because the conditions set out in the transfer agreement were fulfilled prior to the player's death, FC Nantes' claim for the first instalment of the transfer fee in the amount of €6 million was upheld."

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