Cardiff to claim Emiliano Sala transfer ‘null and void’

Sala died when the plane flying him to Cardiff crashed into the sea in January. (AFP)
Updated 25 March 2019

Cardiff to claim Emiliano Sala transfer ‘null and void’

  • Daily Telegraph report that the Welsh club are to claim that the $19.8m transfer fee for the Argentine was "null and void"

LONDON: Cardiff are set to tell FIFA that the £15 million ($19.8m) deal they agreed to pay Nantes for Emiliano Sala became “null and void” after he died in a plane crash, a report said on Monday.
The 28-year-old Argentine forward was killed when the small plane carrying him came down in the Channel on Jan. 21, two days after he completed his transfer from the French Ligue 1 side.
The Daily Telegraph said Sala signed a contract with Cardiff that was rejected by the Premier League and died before a revised one could be signed, adding that there is a dispute about whether he had agreed to sign a new deal.
According to the report, a source close to Cardiff said the agreement stipulated that Welsh and French football authorities had to confirm to both clubs that Sala “has been registered as a Cardiff City FC player and that the player’s International Transfer Certificate has been released.”
The source said this had not happened before Sala died.
“The transfer agreement between Cardiff and Nantes was subject to several conditions,” the source told the paper.
“If any were not satisfied, the contract would be deemed null and void, with no payment due. Nantes proposed that clause. They asked for the strict notification requirements.”
Nantes reportedly plan to dispute Cardiff’s case, saying the club completed the required paperwork.
The club last month referred their dispute with Cardiff over the transfer to FIFA, football’s governing body.
Britain’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) previously said the plane carrying Sala, piloted by David Ibbotson, did not have a commercial license.
But it said the journey would have been allowed as a “private” flight in which costs are shared between pilot and passenger.
It added that the basis on which Sala was a passenger had not been established.
The investigators also said since the pilot’s logbook and license were not recovered, it was unclear whether Ibbotson was authorized to fly at night.
Sala’s body was recovered from the wreckage early last month but Ibbotson’s body has not been found.


FIFA threatens Iran’s Football Federation with suspension

Updated 01 June 2020

FIFA threatens Iran’s Football Federation with suspension

  • The international governing body of football rejected an amended statutes sent by the FFIRI last month
  • FIFA had previously stopped the FFIRI from holding its elections over concerns of government interference in the organization

FIFA has threatened the Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran (FFIRI) with suspension if it does not comply with its rules, Iranian daily Radio Farda reported on Sunday. 
The international governing body of football rejected the amended statutes sent by the FFIRI last month and gave the football body a deadline of June 5 to comply or face suspension.
FIFA had previously stopped the FFIRI from holding its elections over concerns of government interference in the organization. 
FIFA called on the FFIRI to address eight issues, including the reduction of the role of the Iranian Sports Minister in internal FFIRI affairs.
The amended statutes did not mention the independence of the FFIRI from the Iranian government. FIFA rules decree that a national football federation should remain autonomous from the national government.
Last month Ali Kafashian, who was in charge of running the FFIRI for almost a decade, told a local radio show in Tehran, that despite FIFA's regulations, the Iranian football association had always been under the government's direct control.
“We deem that a failure to comply with this directive would result in the matter being brought to the attention of the relevant FIFA bodies for further action,” FIFA said in a letter sent to the FFIRI.