Cardiff City faces FIFA transfer ban over Sala transfer fee

A three-window transfer ban will be Cardiff City's punishment if it fails to pay Nantes €6million for the transfer of Emiliano Sala.

Emiliano Sala during his time at Nantes   -  AFP

Cardiff City has been threatened with a three-window transfer ban by FIFA if it fails to pay the first instalment of the fee owed to Nantes for the late Emiliano Sala.

The FIFA Players' Status Committee ruled in September that Cardiff must hand over a €6million (£5.3m) payment for club-record signing Sala, who, along with pilot David Ibbotson, died when their Piper Malibu aircraft crashed in January. 

Sala had accepted a move but Cardiff claimed the agreement to pay Nantes £15m was not legally binding because conditions insisted upon by the selling club were not fulfilled.

Cardiff announced in a statement last month that it intends to appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but world football governing body FIFA has outlined its reasons and ordered the Welsh side to pay up.

FIFA confirmed in a 21-page document published on Monday that the threat of a ban, which would run through until the end of the 2020-21 campaign, will be lifted if Cardiff makes the payment within 45 days.

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