Nantes have made a complaint to FIFA after Cardiff City failed to pay the first instalment of Emiliano Sala’s £15 million ($20 million) transfer fee.
The Premier League side signed Sala for a club-record fee in January, but the plane carrying the striker went missing over the English channel as he travelled from Nantes to Cardiff to join up with his new team-mates.
The player’s death was later confirmed after a body was recovered from the plane wreckage, with Sala’s funeral having since taken place in Argentina on February 16.
Cardiff delayed their initial payment for the Argentine striker as chairman Mehmet Dalman said there were “anomalies” in the deal that need to be investigated beforehand, prompting Nantes to threaten legal action.
“Of course, if we are contractually obliged to pay them then of course we will. We are an honourable club,” Dalman said.
“But if we are not – and there are some anomalies in that – then surely you would expect me as the chairman and guardian of this club’s interests to look into that and hold our position? That is what we are doing.”