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Emiliano Sala: Cardiff transfer payment investigated by Fifa

Emiliano Sala: Cardiff transfer payment investigated by Fifa

Emiliano Sala was presented as a Cardiff City signing three days before the crashFifa is investigating the transfer payment for Emiliano Sala after Nantes made a claim against Cardiff City.Premier League side Cardiff were due to pay the first of three instalments for the £15m striker on Wednesday.Argentine Sala, the Bluebirds' record signing, died aged 28 in a plane crash in the English Channel on 21 January.
"We can confirm we have received a claim. We are looking into the matter," said a spokesman for world football's governing body.Cardiff were due to make the first instalments on 20 February, but they agreed with French Lige 1 side Nantes to extend the deadline by a week.
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French side Nantes wrote to Cardiff on 5 February requesting for the first instalment.But Cardiff said they were withholding payment until crash investigations were complete and that they were satisfied on "anomalies" around the deal.Chairman Mehmet Dalman said Cardiff will be "honourable" with Nantes if they are contractually obliged to pay.French side Bordeaux are due 50% of his fee because of a sell-on clause when they sold Sala to Nantes in 2015.His body was recovered from the plane wreckage but pilot David Ibbotson remains missing.
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