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Cardiff ‘looking for £80m in compensation from Nantes following Emiliano Sala’s death in 2019’

Cardiff City ‘want Nantes to pay £80MILLION in compensation after claiming Emiliano Sala’s death in plane crash led to their relegation from the Premier League’

  • Cardiff were set to sign striker Emiliano Sala from Nantes in January 2019
  • However, the player was killed in a plane crash on his way to completing the deal
  • The plane trip was organised by Sala’s agent Willie McKay on Nantes’ behalf
  • As a result, Cardiff believe the club should be held responsible for his death
  • They feel Sala’s death led to them getting relegated from the Premier League
  • Cardiff are now seeking an £80million compensation package from Nantes 

Cardiff City are seeking a huge £80million compensation package from French club Nantes after claiming that Emiliano Sala‘s death resulted in them being relegated from the Premier League, according to reports.

Sala was due to sign for Cardiff in January 2019, but died in a plane crash on his way to finalising the transfer.

The Bluebirds went on to be relegated from the top-flight four months later, finishing two points behind 17th-placed Brighton, and the club’s manager at the time of Sala’s death, Neil Warnock, felt the striker’s goals could have kept them up.

The Welsh outfit are now pushing for £80m from Nantes, which they believe they lost in TV rights, advertising and sponsorship after dropping down to the Championship, as reported by The Sun.

The claim was published in a book that came out on Monday named ‘The Truth – The Killing of Emiliano Sala’. 

Emiliano Sala (pictured) spent four years at French club Nantes between 2015 and 2019

Emiliano Sala (pictured) spent four years at French club Nantes between 2015 and 2019

He was due to sign for Cardiff in 2019, but was killed in a plane crash on his way to the club

He was due to sign for Cardiff in 2019, but was killed in a plane crash on his way to the club

It is understood that Cardiff made this claim in their Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) appeal hearing, which is reviewing whether the Championship club should pay Nantes £15m for Sala – the agreed fee between the clubs before he passed away. 

Cardiff feel Nantes should be held accountable for Sala’s death as his agent Willie McKay arranged the plane on their behalf that subsequently crashed and killed the Argentine. 

Cardiff have used the 2007 Carlos Tevez case as an example for their current stance.

Back then, West Ham were ruled to have broken third-party player ownership rules when signing Tevez and his international team-mate Javier Mascherano.

Sala's agent Willie McKay (above) organised the plane carrying the striker that crashed

Sala’s agent Willie McKay (above) organised the plane carrying the striker that crashed

Cardiff has based their claim on the Carlos Tevez case from 2007 - Sheffield United were paid a hefty compensation fee after West Ham broke third-party player ownership rules

Cardiff has based their claim on the Carlos Tevez case from 2007 – Sheffield United were paid a hefty compensation fee after West Ham broke third-party player ownership rules

Tevez scored seven goals in the second half of the 2006-07 season to keep West Ham in the Premier League at Sheffield United’s expense.

Sheffield United wanted West Ham to be docked points, which would have allowed the Blades to stay in England’s top division.

However, they eventually settled on a compensation fee worth £26.5m. Cardiff are now seeking a much higher figure, which includes approximately £20m in parachute payments. 


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