Emiliano Sala plane crash: Footballer was ‘let down’ by Cardiff, says Willie McKay

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Cardiff can procure done extra – Willie McKay

Emiliano Sala became as soon as “deserted” by Cardiff Metropolis and had to construct of abode up his have commute in a £15m switch from Nantes, says ex-soccer agent Willie McKay.

McKay’s son Impress became as soon as Nantes’ performing agent in the deal for the footballer, who died in a plane fracture closing month.

Willie McKay arranged the flight that crashed in the English Channel, killing Sala, 28, and pilot David Ibbotson.

Cardiff suppose they “strongly reject” the claim they skipped over to present Sala with commute preparations.

“He became as soon as deserted in a lodge extra or less to whole his commute preparations himself,” Willie McKay talked about.

However in an announcement, Cardiff talked about: “Our membership became as soon as one day of of organising a industrial flight for Mr Sala except this offer became as soon as declined owing to separate preparations being made – the planning and specifics of which Cardiff became as soon as no longer privy to.

“Cardiff has excessive concerns over the aptitude unlawfulness of the trail following recordsdata that has been released. Clearly extra answers as to the shrimp print surrounding this awful tragedy are required.”

Willie McKay is no longer a registered agent however when requested why he became as soon as inquisitive relating to the Sala deal, he answered: “I became as soon as serving to my son.”

The physique of Argentine Sala – the Bluebirds’ file signing – became as soon as discovered in the wreckage of the Piper Malibu N264DB, which became as soon as discovered on the seabed 13 days after it vanished over the English Channel near Guernsey. Ibbotson’s physique has no longer been discovered.

“I need I had by no manner long past to uncover relating to the particular person play,” talked about Impress McKay. “I need I had by no manner known anything else about it in the first save.”

Speaking to the BBC, the McKays suppose they’ve been made “scapegoats” however accept as true with investigations will yell the fracture became as soon as a result of “pilot error”.

In a wide-ranging interview, the daddy and son additionally suppose they:

  • Realized Sala became as soon as missing through a phone call from Cardiff boss Neil Warnock
  • Were paying the general sum of Sala’s commute
  • Is rarely any longer going to streak Nantes for the money they’re owed for brokering the deal
  • The fracture has made Impress McKay build a query to his future in the trade

‘Cardiff let themselves down’

Having signed for Cardiff, Sala flew relief to Nantes on 19 January to suppose goodbye to his former crew-mates sooner than planning to advance to the Welsh capital on 21 January.

Willie McKay talked about the disappearance of Sala’s plane became as soon as first dropped at his attention when he obtained a phone call from Warnock.

“Neil had called Impress and he told him to phone me,” Willie McKay talked about.

“He told me the player liaison officer became as soon as waiting for Emi to advance relief off the plane and it hadn’t arrived. They feared the worst.”

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  • Text messages over flight printed
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Willie McKay arranged Sala’s flight to Cardiff through David Henderson – an experienced pilot who had flown him and diverse his gamers “in each save Europe on endless cases”. McKay did no longer have the plane and says he did no longer know who Henderson became as soon as going to inquire of to flow the plane.

“No one in Cardiff perceived to be doing anything else. It became as soon as somewhat embarrassing for Cardiff,” Willie McKay talked about. “They eradicate a player for 17m euros after which flow away him in a lodge by himself to flow on the laptop and build a query to a flight – I deem Cardiff let themselves down badly.

“The fashion they’ve acted to this point, they’ve been a disgrace.”

In January, Cardiff told the BBC the membership doesn’t procure a non-public jet for gamers to use and as a result of this truth they’ll also simply no longer be anticipated to procure arranged his commute to and from Nantes.

They added that “the relevant authorities would possibly more than likely more than likely also simply peaceful be allowed to resolve the facts surrounding this tragedy”. They are at the 2nd investigating the shrimp print of the flight.

Emiliano Sala (left) became as soon as on board a plane being flown by pilot David Ibbotson

‘We procure been paying for the flight’

In fresh weeks, questions procure arisen relating to the pilot’s licence held by Ibbotson, and in an intervening time sing this week, air accident investigators talked about he did no longer procure a licence for industrial flights and can simply most productive flow passengers in the EU on a label-sharing basis.

Then again, in what would possibly more than likely more than likely forged fresh doubt over the legality of the flight, Willie McKay talked about it became as soon as no longer a label-sharing agreement as “Emi wasn’t paying anything else” and that he became as soon as going to pay “no matter Dave [Henderson] became as soon as going to payment”.

“Must you phone for a taxi you do not inquire of him if he has a riding licence,” he talked about. “I became as soon as comely excessive about getting the boy dwelling which he wished and we procure been completely overjoyed with what we did.

“I’ve been told on valid authority he became as soon as a extraordinarily valid pilot so for folk to vilify the pilot after a particular person’s loss of life is a disgrace. I don’t abet anyone to blame on narrative of or no longer it is comely a tragic accident.”

Willie McKay claims Nantes owe his son £1.5m for brokering the deal however talked about “they would possibly more than likely no longer be chasing Nantes for the 2nd”.

“This is no longer about money, or no longer it is about two lives which procure been lost,” he talked about. “You are keen to lose that £1.5m given the conditions.

“I’ve obtained three gargantuan kids and a wife who procure been very stable even supposing this – if others prefer to argue about money allow them to, however we can’t be arguing about money.”

‘We now procure been through hell’

Fifa is investigating the switch payment for Sala after Nantes made a claim in opposition to Cardiff.

The Welsh facet procure been as a result of fabricate the first of three instalments on 20 February, however they agreed with French Ligue 1 facet Nantes to extend the deadline by a week.

Nantes wrote to Cardiff on 5 February soliciting for the first instalment, which Cardiff procure been as a result of pay the first of on Wednesday.

Cardiff talked about they procure been withholding payment except fracture investigations procure been whole and in addition they procure been happy about “anomalies” across the deal.

“I don’t care to yell the truth – I in fact don’t care on narrative of what now we procure been through is whole hell,” Willie McKay talked about.

Willie McKay says the weeks since the fracture procure been “very, very sophisticated” for himself and his household, together with he feels “gargantuan bother” for the families of the deceased men.

However his son talked about he “doesn’t uncover about” how they would procure ever done issues otherwise and hopes “everybody can stick together”.

Impress McKay admitted the incident had made him build a query to his future as a soccer agent however added it became as soon as no longer the comely time to accept as true with it.

“You don’t fabricate selections must you are in a save procure this,” he talked about.

“On the tip of the day I don’t prefer to sit down right here and be a victim on narrative of I’m no longer and that is a truth. However its been tricky and its been tricky for folk around me.”

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