Cardiff Metropolis: Switch ban for delayed Emiliano Sala funds enchantment to start

A mosaic in the colours of Argentine striker Sala showed his name before kick-off


Cardiff City fans formed a mosaic spelling out the name of Argentine striker Emiliano Sala before kick-off in the wake of his tragic death

Cardiff City’s appeal against a transfer ban for failing to pay the first instalment of Emiliano Sala’s £15m fee to Nantes is due to begin.

The appeal hearing is taking place at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne.

Argentine striker Sala died in a plane crash over the English channel in January 2019 while travelling from France to join his new club.

An inquest into the death of Sala is ongoing at Dorset Coroners’ Court.

French club Nantes and Cardiff have been in dispute over fee payments

Cardiff claimed they were not liable for any of the fee because Sala, 28, was not officially their player when he died and refused to make interim payments as they claimed the deal was not legally binding.

World football’s governing body FIFA ruled Cardiff should pay the first instalment of £5.3m to Nantes.

FIFA’s players’ status committee also imposed a…