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An independent Disciplinary Commission confirmed and approved an agreed position between Cardiff City FC and the EFL reducing a fee restriction on Cardiff’s ability to pay fees on football transfers and loans from 3 transfer windows to 2 transfer windows, inclusive of the January 2023 winter transfer window. The case related to Cardiff’s breach of the ‘30-day rule’ after it paid an initial payment to Nantes FC for the transfer of Emiliano Sala late. The decision means that Cardiff shall be subject to the fee restriction during the 2023 summer transfer window, but not during the January 2024 winter transfer window.

A copy of the Disciplinary Commission’s Award is available here.

Thomas de la Mare KC acted for the EFL. Nick De Marco KC and Sean Butler acted for Cardiff City FC.

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