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Cardiff launch bid to avoid paying Nantes £6m after Emiliano Sala’s death

Cardiff City have formally launched their bid at the sports appeal court to overturn a Fifa ruling to make them pay in the region of £6million to FC Nantes after the Emiliano Sala tragedy.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport confirmed the Welsh club had lodged papers against the decision ordering them to pay the first installment of the fee agreed for Sala, who died in a plane crash on his way to join City in January.

The body of the 28-year-old Argentine striker was recovered nearly three weeks later after an underwater search found the wreckage in the English Channel.

French club Nantes and City have since become embroiled over a bitter dispute over who was legally responsible for the player.

In October, Fifa ordered Cardiff to pay a six million-euro sum, relating to the first instalment of his transfer fee, to the French club.

“Cardiff City FC seeks to have the (decision) set aside and requests the CAS to declare that no amount shall be payable by Cardiff City FC to FC Nantes,” said Cas in a statement.

The court added that a hearing was expected to take place in the spring of 2020 and a decision was not expected before June.

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