Death of Emiliano Sala: the crazy sum that the Cardiff club would claim

3 years after the tragic disappearance of Emiliano Sala in a plane crash, the two clubs of Cardiff and Nantes are still fighting a legal battle. The Welsh club would notably claim a crazy sum from the French club, which it considers responsible for its relegation.

On January 21, 2019, Emiliano Sala boards a small plane, heading for Wales. The Argentinian striker from FC Nantes is preparing to sign for his new club, Cardiff City. But the flight will never be completed: the aircraft crashes north of the island of Guernsey, costing the lives of the footballer and the pilot.

Since then, two legal battles have been fought in court. The first to determine the responsibilities in the drama, which notably resulted in the conviction of the British pilot David Henderson for negligence. The second is financial: the club of Cardiff City refuse to pay transfer fee (17 million euros) at FC Nantes, believing that the player did not have time to sign his new contract. The case is currently in the hands of the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

A surreal request?

But that’s not all: according to the book The truth – the murder of Emiliano Salathe Welsh club would also consider the French club to be responsible… for his relegation at the end of the 2018-2019 season, in particular because agent Willie McKay acted “on his behalf” to organize the player’s move to the other side of the Channel. Result, the leaders would ask according to the information of the Sun nearly 95 million euros to their counterparts in Nantes to cover losses in TV rights, advertising and sponsorship.

According to them, the goals that Emiliano Sala would have scored by signing for them would have allowed to stay in the Premier League at the time and thus avoid significant financial losses. If the request seems mind-blowing, the Cardiff club would rely on a precedent, the case between Sheffield United and West Ham which had played in 2007 another Argentine striker, Carlos Tevez, when this transfer had broken the rules. A club spokesperson has since assured in a communicated that the information reported by the book was not true.