Sala, who scored 42 targets for Nantes following his transfer from Bordeaux in 2015, had signed for Cardiff, then within the English Premier League, for a reported £15 million ($19.3 million) in January 2019.
The 28-year-old was on his method to his new membership having stated goodbye to his teammates in France when the aircraft he was touring in crashed into the English Channel, leaving the soccer participant and pilot David Ibbotson useless.
Sala’s physique was recovered from the wreckage on February 6, 2019, after a non-public seek for the lacking footballer and the pilot was commissioned by his household.
“After taking into due consideration all of the proof produced and all of the arguments put ahead by each golf equipment, the CAS Panel discovered the Participant’s switch from FC Nantes to Cardiff Metropolis FC to have been accomplished,” CAS stated in a press launch.
“As a result of the situations set out within the Switch Settlement have been fulfilled previous to the Participant’s loss of life, FC Nantes’ declare for the primary instalment of the switch payment within the quantity of EUR 6 million ($6 million) was upheld.”
Cardiff Metropolis stated in a press release it was “dissatisfied” and that it intends to enchantment Friday’s determination.
“The award fails to resolve the essential query of FC Nantes’ (and its brokers) legal responsibility for the crash, which can subsequently should be determined in one other discussion board.
“As soon as the membership’s legal professionals have digested the explanations for the choice we anticipate to enchantment and won’t be making any funds to FC Nantes in the mean time.
“If these appeals are unsuccessful and the membership is liable to pay the switch payment the membership will take authorized motion towards these liable for the crash for damages to get better its losses. This may embody FC Nantes, and its brokers.
“All our ideas should proceed to be with Emiliano’s household, who at the moment are supported financially by the Belief the membership put in place for them.”
In the meantime, Nantes stated it welcomed the choice by the courtroom.
“FC Nantes is delighted that this process — initiated by Cardiff Metropolis then delayed on quite a few events by Cardiff Metropolis — which has been tough for all these near Emiliano, is lastly over.
“The Membership hopes that this can mark the tip of the general public misinformation marketing campaign, which the FCN has by no means reacted to, out of respect for the participant’s household.”
David Henderson, who organized the flight that crashed, was final yr sentenced to 18 months in jail for endangering the protection of the plane.