In this image released Monday Feb. 4, 2019, by the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) showing the rear left side of the fuselage including part of the aircraft registration N264DB that went missing carrying soccer player Emiliano Sala, when it disappeared from radar contact on Jan. 21 2019.  The Air accident investigators say one body is visible in the sea in the wreckage of the plane that went missing carrying soccer player Emiliano Sala and his pilot David Ibbotson. (AAIB via AP)
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In this image released Monday Feb. 4, 2019, by the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) showing the rear left side of the fuselage including part of the aircraft registration N264DB that went missing carrying soccer player Emiliano Sala, when it disappeared from radar contact on Jan. 21 2019. The Air accident investigators say one body is visible in the sea in the wreckage of the plane that went missing carrying soccer player Emiliano Sala and his pilot David Ibbotson. (AAIB via AP)
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Football’s world governing body FIFA has ruled that $6,543,510 (6,000,000 euros) must be paid by Cardiff City to French side Nantes for the transfer of Emiliano Sala, the striker who died in a plane crash over the English Channel earlier this year.

Sala and pilot David Ibbotson were both traveling from Nantes towards Cardiff on January 21 when their light aircraft crashed, two days after the transfer had been agreed, according to FIFA.

The dispute between the two clubs centered around whether Sala was a Cardiff or a Nantes player at the time of the plane journey, and whether Cardiff would have to pay the transfer fee agreed by the clubs.

The $6 million fee corresponds to the first installment that was due to be paid after the transfer had been agreed, said FIFA.

Monday’s ruling can be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne.

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It was revealed in August that Sala and Ibbotson were both exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide inside the plane before the crash.

Sala, who scored 42 goals for Nantes since joining from Bordeaux in 2015, had just signed for Cardiff – which has since been relegated from the Premier League – for a reported £15 million ($19.3 million).

The 28-year-old was on his way to his new club having said goodbye to his teammates in France.