December 6 – The final decision on whether Cardiff City have to pay the first instalment of €6 million to Nantes for €17 million striker Emiliano Sala will not taken until June 2020.
Sala died in January when the light aircraft carrying him to Cardiff two days after he signed crashed into the sea before he could play a single game.
Nantes claimed that the transfer fee was still applicable though Cardiff argued they were not liable for any of the fee since Sala was not officially their player when he died as his playing registration was not complete.
FIFA’s players’ status committee ruled in October 2019 that Cardiff should pay €6 million but Cardiff immediately launched an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) with chairman Mehmet Dalman saying that the felt “very strongly that there is a lot more evidence and a lot more facts that need to be brought out to make an informed decision.”
CAS has confirmed the appeal and set a timetable of hearings to take place in the Spring of next year with a final award not expected before June.
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