Cardiff City File 'Manslaughter Lawsuit' Against Nantes Over Emiliano Sala Death

​Cardiff City have filed a lawsuit against Ligue 1 side FC Nantes in relation to the death of Emiliano Sala last year - suggesting some people within the French club could be accused of involuntary manslaughter.

The Argentine forward sadly passed away on January 21 last year after a plane that was taking him from Nantes to Cardiff crashed in the English channel. Sala's body was recovered almost three weeks later, while pilot David Ibbotson's body has never been found.

Shortly after the one-year anniversary of Sala's death, L'Equipe report Cardiff City have filed a lawsuit against an unnamed person at FC Nantes which relates to culpability surrounding the 28-year-old passing.


As part of their report, L'Equipe have spoken to French lawyer Antoine Vey, who is part of the Paris-based law firm that has been representing Cardiff City over disputes surrounding Sala's €17m which has not been paid.

Translated by Get French Football News, Vey said: "It would appear that intermediaries, first and foremost Willie McKay, were actively involved at all stages in the transfer of Emiliano Sala, despite the fact that they did not have an agent licence. 

"FC Nantes and its representatives were complicit in this offence by deliberately having relations with intermediaries who they knew were involved illegally.

"If it emerges that FC Nantes representatives were not only informed of the flight but also of the fact that Willie McKay chartered flights without authorisation, they could be accused of manslaughter and being complicit in this crime."

As well as translating Vey's interview, GFFN also suggests Cardiff City's lawsuit has been made against Nantes' owner and president, Waldemar Kita.


Cardiff City's lawsuit comes just days after Nantes played their first home match since the one-year anniversary of Sala's death.

The club played their league match against Bordeaux on Sunday in a one-off kit to pay their respects. The shirt will be sold to raise funds for Sala's former youth teams in Argentina.

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Source : 90min