CARDIFF have confirmed they will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after being ordered to pay an initial £5.3m for dead striker Emiliano Sala.
The Bluebirds were hit as Fifa’s player status committee sided with French club Nantes in the transfer row that has rumbled since Sala’s tragic death in January.
1 Cardiff are appealing the Fifa ruling ordering them to pay the first instalment of their transfer fee for tragic striker Emiliano SalaCredit: AP:Associated Press
In an interim judgement, Fifa said that Cardiff were liable for the full initial instalment of the deal agreed between the two clubs for Sala.
It is also understood that Fifa are likely to rule that Cardiff must pay the remaining two instalments, adding up to the full £15m fee.
Fifa regulations mean the only appeal route is to the Lausanne-based court.
And now the Welsh club has confirmed it intends to take that route.
In a statement affirming plans to launch as appeal, Cardiff said the club was “extremely disappointed” at the Fifa decision.
Cardiff added: “ It would appear the committee has reached its conclusion on a narrow aspect of the overall dispute, without considering the full documentation presented by Cardiff City to Fifa.
“Nevertheless, there remains clear evidence that the transfer agreement that the transfer agreement was never completed in accordance with multiple contractual requirements which were requested by Nantes, thereby rendering in null and void.
“We shall be appealing to CAS in order to seek a decision which considers all of the relevant contractual information and provides clarity on the full legal situation between our two clubs.
“This is a complex matter, which includes ongoing civil and criminal considerations both in the UK and abroad, which will likely have an impact on the validity of the transfer.
“It is therefore vital that a comprehensive judgement is reached following a full assessment and review of the facts.”
Sala’s body was recovered from the wreckage of the Piper Malibu craft which was bringing him back to Cardiff on February 3, 13 days after it ditched into the Channel.
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Cardiff had argued the transfer agreement was not valid because the Premier League had rejected some of the clauses Nantes had demanded were part of the original deal.
As Sala had not signed the revised contract, he was, the club maintained, therefore not registered as their player.
Nantes, in turn, demanded the full payment of the agreed fee, with Fifa finding in their favour.