FIFA orders Cardiff City to pay French club Nantes six million euros for Sala transfer

must pay French club six million euros ($6.5 million) to settle a dispute over the payment of the for , said on Monday. Argentine striker Sala died on January 21 in a plane crash while travelling to join his new club, and Cardiff had previously resolved not to pay the money, which amounted to the first instalment of the 17 million-euro fee they had agreed to pay Nantes before the accident.

must pay six million euros ($6.54 million), the sum agreed as the first instalment for the transfer of who died in a plane crash on his way to the Welsh club, said on Monday.

After signing for Cardiff for 15 million euros in January, Sala was travelling there from the French club when his plane crashed in the English Channel.

"The FIFA Players' Status Committee established that Cardiff City FC must pay FC Nantes the sum of 6,000,000 euros, corresponding to the first instalment due in accordance with the transfer agreement," FIFA said in a statement.

FIFA began investigating Sala's transfer following a claim from the French club in February.

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