FIFA confirms Nantes claim against Cardiff City over Sala payment

Following Cardiff City's withholding of payment for the transfer of Emiliano Sala, Nantes has made a claim to FIFA.

Emiliano Sala in action for Nantes   -  AFP

Nantes has made a claim against Cardiff City in connection with the transfer of Emiliano Sala to the Premier League club, FIFA has confirmed.

Sala became Cardiff's record signing when he joined the Premier League club for a reported £15million in January, but the striker died in a plane crash before making an appearance.

Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman has promised the club will be "honourable" over the deal, but also said it wants to investigate "anomalies" in the transfer before making a payment.

Read: Cardiff announces 'grave concerns' following interim report into Sala flight

Neil Warnock confirmed Cardiff had been given an extension for the first instalment of the transfer fee last Thursday, but Nantes has since taken the matter to the world's governing body.

A FIFA spokesperson told Omnisport: "We can confirm that we have received yesterday [Tuesday] evening a claim of a contractual nature from FC Nantes against Cardiff City in connection with the transfer of Emiliano Sala.

"We are looking into the matter and consequently we have no further comments at this stage."

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