FIFA have confirmed that they’ve received a complaint from Nantes over Cardiff City’s refusal to pay the first instalment of the £15m transfer fee for Emiliano Sala.
The 28-year-old striker was confirmed as deceased on February 8 after his plane went missing across the English Channel on January 21 while on route from Nantes to Cardiff.
The Bluebirds had agreed on a club-record transfer fee of £15m for Sala during last month’s transfer window, but have since refused to pay the first instalment of £5.8m as they wait for further updates on the investigation into the plane crash.
But Nantes were keen to receive their compensation for Sala and had club lawyers make contact with Cardiff to ask for the first instalment of the £15m fee within 10 working days on February 16 before agreeing to extend the deadline until today.
Upon receiving nothing, however, Nantes have officially lodged a complaint to FIFA over the matter.
“We can confirm that we have received yesterday evening a claim from FC Nantes against Cardiff City in connection with the transfer of Emiliano Sala,” A FIFA spokesperson confirmed to ESPN.
“We are looking into the matter and consequently we have no further comments at this stage.”
Despite manager Neil Warnock insisting that the dispute would be settled soon, Cardiff now face an investigation and soon released a statement on their own.
“Cardiff City remains committed to ensuring fairness and accountability with respect to the agreement between Cardiff City and FC Nantes, but first and foremost the relevant authorities must be allowed to determine the facts surrounding this tragedy. It is inappropriate to comment further at this stage,” read the statement.
In the meantime, the two sides will resume their domestic campaigns with Nantes to face Guingamp on Sunday in Ligue 1 and Cardiff to take a tricky trip to Wolves on Saturday in a Premier League match.