Paperwork Error Could Cost Emiliano Sala's Family £600,000
The family of Emiliano Sala is "in danger of missing out" on up to £600,000 ($782,000) in compensation for his death because Cardiff City "made an error in registering his contract with the Premier League," according to Martyn Ziegler of the LONDON TIMES. The league returned the paperwork to the club "asking for corrections," and for the Argentine striker to sign the forms again. Before he was able to do so, the 28-year-old died in a plane crash three days after he had become Cardiff's record £15M ($19.5M) signing from Ligue 1 side Nantes. The error "could be significant" because players automatically become part of the Professional Footballers’ Association’s pension scheme as soon as they are registered with the Premier League, and that provides a £600,000 "death-in-service payment to their families." However, the PFA is "expected to press" for the pension fund to honor the payment as Sala had signed a contract with Cardiff on Jan. 18. Union officials "hope that will be enough to secure a payment to his family." The PFA was "unaware of any issues" over the paperwork, but it is understood that the registration documents were returned to Cardiff by the EPL asking for corrections to be made (LONDON TIMES, 2/21).
'THE RIGHT WAY': The LONDON TIMES reported Cardiff City Manager Neil Warnock admitted that the way in which Nantes and Cardiff City conducted themselves over the payment of the £15M transfer fee for Sala "stirred everyone up." Warnock: "There has been a lot of stuff written, and I know people have got jobs to do, but there has been a lot of surmising. I’ve known [Cardiff City Chair] Mehmet Dalman since I’ve been here and I am quite sure the club will deal with it in the right way in the next few days. They have asked for an extension and I think Nantes have agreed to that. Certain things were done, on reflection, that shouldn't have been done." Warnock also denied there was a conflict of interest with his son James, who works as an agent for Unique Sports Management. He is believed to have been involved in Cardiff business involving at least three players -- Sean Morrison, Rhys Healey and Craig Noone (LONDON TIMES, 2/21).