Body is recovered from wreckage of plane that was carrying Emiliano Sala

Sherman Parsons
February 7, 2019

The BBC were the first to report the news.

Sala was signed by Premier League side Cardiff City in January for a club record fee of £15million, before the Argentine striker and his pilot went missing.

The move was seen as poorly timed given the effort to recover the 28-year-old footballer's body from the wreckage of the Piper Malibu plane which crashed into the English Channel is still ongoing.

The situation is further complicated as French club Bordeaux are also due 50 per cent of the reported £15m transfer due to a clause inserted when Sala joined Nantes in 2015.

The Mirror reports that Nantes sent Cardiff an email last Thursday and followed up with a legal threat on Tuesday.

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The aircraft remains 67 metres underwater 21 miles off the coast of Guernsey in the English Channel as poor weather conditions stopped efforts to recover it.

Cardiff will honor the deal but have been reluctant to make a payment until they know "all the facts".

Air accident investigators have confirmed that an attempt to recover the body found in the wreckage has begun. The two clubs had agreed on a payout in three instalments, which is relatively common in big transfers.

Although Nantes were entitled to the first instalment of Sala's fee by now, Cardiff have been left surprised by the demand given the circumstances and the timing.

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said in a statement: "Following extensive visual examination of the accident using the remotely operated vehicle (ROV), it was chose to attempt recovery operations".

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