Who pays the ferryman? Cardiff and Nantes row over Sala transfer money

February 20 – The fallout from the tragic death of £15m Cardiff City striker Emilio Sala in an air accident over the English Channel is becoming distinctly undignified in terms of relations between Cardiff and selling club Nantes.

Officials from both clubs attended his funeral in Argentina on Saturday but behind the scenes a row over money is threatening to overshadow the tragedy.

Sala died when the light aircraft carrying him to Cardiff two days after signing crashed into the sea but the circumstances of his transfer could now be going all the way to FIFA amid reports that Cardiff, for whom Sala never played because of his untimely death, have not complied with Nantes’ request for payment of the first instalment of the transfer fee.

Cardiff, however, have made it clear they want to wait until the investigation into the crash is complete, as there are several questions still to be answered about the accident, most notably whether the pilot was qualified to be flying with a paying customer in that particular plane.

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