Emiliano Sala plane: Body pulled from English Channel wreckage

Emiliano Sala plane: Body pulled from English Channel wreckage

Emiliano Sala plane: Body pulled from English Channel wreckage

Since the incident occurred, Cardiff withheld the first scheduled payment until all of the facts were clarified.

According to the source, the first instalment of the 17-million-euro ($19.3 million) deal for the Argentine striker has yet to be paid, despite the transfer being finalised before the accident.

Pilot Dave Ibbotson was also on board as rescuers revealed one body has been spotted inside the aircraft 220ft under water.

Nantes have reportedly demanded payment from Cardiff City over the £15 million transfer of Emiliano Sala, according to BBC Wales.

Now, Nantes is threatening to take legal action if they do not receive the payment within 10 days and expect Cardiff ot pay the full transfer fee.

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The mission to recover the body began on Tuesday evening, more than two weeks after they crashed into the English Channel.

The plane carrying Sala, 28, and Ibbotson, from Crowle, Lincolnshire, disappeared on route to Cardiff on 21 January after the footballer returned to Nantes to say goodbye to his former teammates.

Cardiff are "surprised" that Nantes have made the demand while recovery attempts are still being carried out.

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".

Nantes, who play in France's top division, sold Sala to Premier League strugglers Cardiff in January for a fee reported to be £15million - although the fee is reported to be spread out over three years.

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