Cardiff Metropolis are suing soccer agent Willie McKay with the intention to achieve details about his involvement within the Emiliano Sala switch in 2019.
Sala was as a result of full a membership file transfer to Cardiff from Nantes through the January switch window that 12 months however tragically died after his non-public aircraft crashed over the English Channel.
Sky Sports activities Information has beforehand reported that McKay and his son organized the non-public aircraft for Sala.
In June 2023, Cardiff launched authorized proceedings in opposition to Nantes in France, the place they’re searching for damages for the switch.
In response to a supply near the case, Cardiff additionally argue that they might have prevented relegation if Sala had performed for the membership and are searching for damages for losses in income from the relegation.
As a part of the proceedings in France, Nantes declare that McKay had no involvement within the switch, which Cardiff dispute.
Sky Sports activities Information understands that Cardiff have introduced litigation in opposition to McKay within the UK courts with the intention to confirm McKay’s precise involvement within the switch, with a supply including that the organisation of the flight happened whereas Sala was nonetheless employed by Nantes.
In response to courtroom paperwork seen by Sky Sports activities Information, Cardiff declare that McKay was not a registered agent in 2019 however he had “frequent dialogue over the phrases of the switch and Franck Kita (CEO FC Nantes) forwarded confidential switch negotiations to Willie McKay”.
Paperwork additionally add that McKay organized Sala’s non-public aircraft and Cardiff declare that McKay, appearing as Nantes’ agent, organized the flight negligently. Following Sala’s demise, it emerged that the flight was illegal and its operator, David Henderson, didn’t maintain the required licence.
This case can be heard in Cardiff in February.
Cardiff Metropolis mentioned in a press release to Sky Sports activities Information: “So far, FC Nantes and Willie McKay haven’t been ordered to reveal any info relating to the switch.
“FC Nantes’ defence in France denies any hyperlinks with Willie McKay, but the small variety of paperwork the membership has seen exhibits him discussing strictly confidential details about the switch with FC Nantes’ proprietor, Waldemar Kita, immediately, together with the switch price.
“CCFC considers it simply within the circumstances to hunt info surrounding Willie McKay’s involvement with FC Nantes in relation to the switch. CCFC’s declare can be heard in Cardiff Civil Courtroom on Thursday February 8.
“In parallel, the membership follows with curiosity FC Nantes’ indictment by the French police for its recurrent recourse, at the very least since 2015, to the employment of unauthorised sports activities brokers by drawing up sports activities agent contracts and participant employment contracts underneath the duvet of nominees, given this aligns with the allegations raised by CCFC in its civil declare in opposition to FC Nantes.”
Sky Sports activities Information has additionally contacted Nantes and Willie McKay for remark.