Cardiff City have been told by the FIFA Players’ Status Committee to pay Nantes €6 million (£5m/$6.5m) for the late Emiliano Sala.
The striker became Cardiff’s record signing when a deal was struck with the Ligue 1 club in January.
But, before he made an appearance for City, the plane carrying Sala from France to Wales crashed and he was killed, along with pilot David Ibbotson.
Cardiff claimed the agreement to pay Nantes a £15m ($18m) fee was not legally binding because conditions insisted upon by Nantes were not fulfilled.
The FIFA Players’ Status Committee said on Monday the €6m Nantes should receive from Cardiff is “corresponding to the first instalment due”.
A statement read: “In a meeting held on 25 September 2019, the FIFA Players’ Status Committee established that Cardiff City FC must pay FC Nantes the sum of EUR 6,000,000, corresponding to the first instalment due in accordance with the transfer agreement concluded between the parties on 19 January 2019 for the transfer of the late Emiliano Sala from FC Nantes to Cardiff City FC.”