FIFA order compensation to Chelsea for Mutu
FIFA have ordered Juventus and Livorno to pay Chelsea a combined amount of $21m in compensation for Adrian Mutu, who tested positive for drugs in 2004, writes ESPN.
Mutu, who now plays for Corsican side Ajaccio in France’s Ligue 1, breached his contract with Chelsea, having been sacked in 2004 for testing positive for cocaine. The striker then signed for the Bianconeri via Livorno, but failed to make a single appearance for Livorno.
Chelsea received no payment at the time, whilst Juve insisted the player was a free agent when they signed him in January 2005. FIFA have though told the Blues they can demand the money from the two Italian clubs having not received the original sum of $17.7m from the Romanian himself.
The amount owed is now $21m, which is growing by $2,500 each day. The fee is set to rise even higher as the two Italian clubs are discussing the matter with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to put the issue to bed.
Livorno acted as the official holders of Mutu’s registration, passing him on to the Bianconeri, for whom he played 34 times in Serie A, scoring seven goals in the process.
The Tuscan club are likely to claim they were used by Juve to sign Mutu in order to get around league rules, which stipulate the number of non-EU players who can be signed from outside Italy. Juventus had already reached their limit for the season. Mutu later moved to Fiorentina.
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