Cardiff City deny ‘completely false’ £80m compensation claims after Emiliano Sala’s death

Cardiff City have dismissed reports that the club have counterclaimed £80m in damages at a CAS hearing

Cardiff City have dismissed claims they are seeking £80m compensation for the death of Emiliano Sala

Cardiff City have reportedly demanded £80million in compensation the death of Emiliano Sala in January 2019 for relegation from the First League “can be dismissed entirely as wrong.”

According to the author of a book on the Argentine’s tragic death, in a hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport last month, the league club alleged that they were entitled to the compensation because Sala’s death cost him his top-flight forward status in January 2019.

A written verdict on the two-day hearing will be released at an unspecified time in the summer. Should CAS decide against it cardiff, they could investigate a case before the French courts. But the club has now denied the report by Harry Harris, the author of The Truth – The Murder of Emiliano Sala.

“Cardiff City FC would like to clarify that today’s press reports of a claim for damages against FC Nantes are unfounded,” said a spokesman. “The proposals made can be completely dismissed as wrong.”

FIFA decided that cardiff Nantes was due to pay the £15million transfer fee that had been agreed before Sala died while flying to South Wales from France on January 21, but the Bluebirds appealed that decision to the Switzerland-based CAS.

Cardiff’s rejected counterclaim was reportedly based on relegation costs, with the club arguing that Sala’s inclusion in Neil Warnock’s squad would have kept them in the top flight. City finished 18th, three points adrift of safety after losing nine and winning three of their last 12 games.

It is claimed they used the precedent of Sheffield United’s case against it west ham United regarding the signing of Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano in 2007 as a precedent.

Cardiff City signed Emiliano Sala in January 2019 but he died in a plane crash just days later


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The south Wales club believe Nantes is responsible for Sala’s death because the agent Willie MacKay, who allegedly arranged transport, acted on their behalf. Cardiff argue Sala was not their player yet despite the transfer being announced two days earlier because the club had yet to receive international clearance.

Last November, businessman David Henderson, who organized the flight, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for endangering the safety of an airplane. He was convicted by a majority of 10 to 2 at Cardiff Crown Court.

The plane’s pilot, David Ibbotson, who worked regularly for Henderson, did not hold a commercial license and his rating to fly the single-engine Piper Malibu had expired. In February, the Dorset Coroner’s Court heard that the plane’s owner had banned Mr Ibbotson from flying the plane six months earlier after receiving two notifications of airspace violations from the Civil Aviation Authority.

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