Adrian Mutu has been ordered by Fifa to pay Chelsea £13.68m, after breach of contract and drug abuse damage charges.
The ex-Chelsea striker was told to pay compensation by Fifa’s Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC), which resolves legal disputes with players and clubs, including contractual, work and training matters.
Chelsea had signed the striker in August 2003 for £15m from Serie A side Parma, as part of Roman Abramovich’s first season at the club. However, in September 2004, Mutu tested positive for cocaine and was subsequently released from his contract on October 29th, 2004.
Mutu, 29, was then issued a seven month worldwide football ban and a £20,000 fine from the Football Association, before he joined Italian outfit Juventus in January 2005 after serving his ban.
After joining fellow Italian side Fiorentina in July 2006, where he has scored 33 goals in 62 appearances, the Romanian international was told by Fifa to pay Chelsea £9.6m in damages in June 2008.
Despite Mutu and his lawyer, Cristian Sarbu, contesting the fine, the sum was later raised on appeal and today Chelsea were granted their compensation package.
A statement on the Chelsea website read: “This is a very significant decision for football. Not only did the Dispute Resolution Chamber make us a very significant monetary award, it also recognised the damaging effect incidents involving drugs has on football and the responsibility we all have in this area.”
Mutu, who scored 10 goals in 38 appearances for Chelsea, can now appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland.