Cardiff City may face points deduction if they fail to pay Nantes for missing forward Emiliano Sala

Cardiff City may face points deduction if they fail to pay Nantes for missing forward Emiliano Sala

Cardiff City face a Premier League points deduction if they fail to honour the £15 million fee owed to Nantes for Emiliano Sala, a sports law expert has claimed.

The club have been dragged into a legal row with Nantes after receiving a demand for full payment for the transfer.

A source at Cardiff indicated they would eventually honour the contract, but Zurich-based Gianpaolo Monteneri, a former head of Fifa’s players’ status department, said: “If certain deadlines, which are mentioned in the transfer contract, are not met, then these may trigger consequences. 

“This can be from an admonishment right up to a withdrawal of league points. It is a very tricky situation as we are talking about a human tragedy and an important amount of money.”

A legal letter from Nantes was emailed to Cardiff on Tuesday – the second demand in the space of a week – to request urgent payment.

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