Emiliano Sala's family could miss out on £600,000 in compensation for the striker's death due to a mistake made by Cardiff City in registering his contract with the Premier League.
According to the Times, the paperwork was returned to Cardiff to be corrected and re-signed by Sala, but he died before he was able to do so.
Players registered with the Premier League automatically become part of the Professional Footballers' Association's pension scheme.
But because Sala's contract didn't go through, his family could miss out on the lump sum.
The 28-year-old's private jet went missing over the English channel on January 21, three days after signing for Cardiff in a £15m deal. He was confirmed dead on February 8.
PFA deputy chief executive John Bramhall said on the matter: "It will be for the trustees to see whether they are able to make the payment from there.
"Normally it would be a simple process but we will be speaking with them on this. Usually, as soon as a contract is registered with the Premier League, the player is enrolled on the pension scheme."
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