In the Championship club’s increasingly acrimonious struggle to have the £ 15 million transfer fee they paid for the player wiped out, Cardiff City accused Nantes of backdating a cheque to obscure the fact that they owned Emiliano Sala.
To appeal UEFA’s decision that they should pay the club-record fee in full, Cardiff went to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). They are now saying that Nantes backdated a cheque to Sala’s mother to hide the fact that when he died in a plane crash, he was still their legal responsibility.
The cheque in question was dated the day the aircraft went missing, January 21, 2019. It was distributed to his mother, Mercedes Taffarel, and a sum of EUR 16,291 (£ 14,020) was paid to Sala in connection with the termination of his contract in France. Cardiff claims that the cheque was backdated by Nantes to establish that they no longer had a legal connection to Sala.
Source: Daily Mail