Date of publication: Monday, March 25, 2019, 2:06 am
Cardiff will tell FIFA that Emiliano SalaThe move from Nantes was invalid when the club raised its £ 15 million transfer fee in response to a complaint about its refusal to pay Ligue Un.
The 28-year-old Argentine striker died in a January 21 plane crash in the English Channel two days after the Premier League club announced it was a record-breaking "subject to international approval".
However, it is clear that Cardiff will tell the Football Association of the Football World that Sala was not allowed to play in the Premier League at the time of his death and was allowed to join another club, if he so desired.
FIFA has responded to Cardiff's response by 3 April after Nantes filed a lawsuit against the Welsh club's refusal to pay the first £ 5 million of the salary transfer fee.
It is understood that the Sala Cardiff contract was rejected by the Premier League, because he violated the fee scale of the signing.
Sala died before a revised one could be signed, and it is disputed whether he agreed with it before his death.
Cardiff will also inform FIFA that failure to comply with binding clauses in the transfer agreement they have made with Nantes for the player has invalidated the agreement.
Without compliance with these clauses, Cardiff will argue that Sala was fully eligible to join another club if the transfer market remained in January for more than a week.
Cardiff had nothing to do with the plane in which Sala and pilot David Ibbotson were killed. The player was offered a commercial flight to travel from France to Wales.
A spokesman for Cardiff said: "The club knows the request from FIFA until April 3 and is working on it accordingly, so we have nothing more to say about it at this point."
The lawyers of Nantes first wrote to Cardiff on 5 February demanding that the first of three annual payments be paid within 10 working days.
The deadline was extended, but without payment Nantes received on 27 February its threat to bring the matter before the FIFA Dispute Chamber.
A club spokesman was quoted in the Daily Telegraph as saying, "FC Nantes has completed all the necessary documents to complete the transfer of Emiliano Sala.
"FIFA has registered the International Transfer Certificate at 17.30 on 21 January 2019. Nantes fully complies with the FIFA rules.
"Regarding the registration of Emiliano Sala in the Premier League, there is no information available to FC Nantes.
"And if it could be a problem for Cardiff, it's no problem for Nantes."