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Mutu loses appeal over damages

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by Paul Fletcher (U1816326) 31 July 2009
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Adrian Mutu must pay Chelsea 14.65m after losing his appeal against a Fifa ruling for a breach of contract.

The striker, who cost the Blues 15m in 2003, was sacked a year later after he tested positive for cocaine and given a seven-month worldwide football ban.

Fifa issued the fine last year but Mutu described it as "inhumane and unjust" and outlined his intention to appeal.

However, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has ruled against the 30-year-old, who now plays for Fiorentina.

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comment by raha52 (U3939129)

posted Aug 3, 2009

It is not Mutu's fault he had a drug addiction, why should he be held accountable in this way?


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posted Aug 3, 2009

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the one mutu did was a bit rubbish..... winkeye

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posted Aug 4, 2009

I think everyone knows Chelsea set him up to get him out of the club. Mutu was not the only one they could've cuaght out for the recreational offence, but they decided to test him because it was the easiest way of getting him out of the club. I'm sure if Chelsea were as stringent with their testing with other players then we would've seen one of their beloved English players caught out in the same way but this was never gonna happen was it?

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posted Aug 4, 2009

I think everyone knows Chelsea set him up to get him out of the club.
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what a load of garbage. yeah, they set him up so they could sack him and end up losing out on his transfer. you numpty.

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comment by U8157443

posted Aug 4, 2009

My previous post was removed by Admin on false premises: someone complained that my post was defamatory ---to Mutu. It wasn't.

Mutu himself claimed he is a drug addict, as part of his defense against Chelsea's suit. This is not borne out of subsequent events, however, since Mutu continued to play professional football in his native Romania and in Italy, without further incidents of drug use.

He is obviously a recreational drug user --or was at the time he was caught.

My argument in the deleted post was --and still is-- that professional athletes sign contracts through which they undertake (on their own free will) the obligation to abstain from revreational or other use of alcohol, drugs, etc. Part of these contracts is the athlete's fee, part and parcel of the mutually binding agreement.

Mutu clearly violated his contract --as UEFA decided. There is no defamation there, simply the facts of the case.

And even if Mutu was a drug addict at the time of signing the contract or when he was caught, fairness demands that he should have informed his club about his condition --otherwise he's guilty of fraud, of selling "damaged goods".

The penalty of millions of pounds seems indeed too harsh but MUTU IS CLEARLY AT FAULT.

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comment by Mike (U6847824)

posted Aug 8, 2009

Drugs have no place in sport. Mutu knew what he was doing and deserves every bit of the punishment he got. In my opinion, anyone caught doing drugs should be banned for life, he got off lightly. He reaped the benefit of his lucrative contract with Chelsea and then laughed in the face of it. Good riddence to bad rubbish.

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posted Aug 8, 2009

violating a contract does not mean that you should pay for your transfer fee. It's utterly rediculous that he pays for the transfer fee when chelsea should've redressed the issue beforehand. Chelsea made a bad investment and it is their loss, not mutu's. Suck it up

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posted Aug 9, 2009

usa values regarding compensation/contracts do not adhere to common sense,hence all the mamby pamby stuff our kids now endure in school.the guy dropped a bo***ck,and should pay.

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