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Romania striker Adrian Mutu ordered to pay euro12 million to Chelsea for cocaine use

Romania striker Adrian Mutu ordered to pay euro12 million to Chelsea for cocaine use

Romania striker Adrian Mutu was ordered by FIFA to pay euro12 million (US$18.6 million) to Chelsea for testing positive for cocaine in 2004, his lawyer said Friday.
Mutu's lawyer, Cristian Sarbu, said the player would contest the fine in civil court. Sarbu added that the decision was not final and Mutu would not pay any compensation until all legal avenues had been exhausted.
"People should understand that this is a decision taken by a sporting tribunal," Sarbu said. "After this is final, this decision can be taken to a civil court."
Sarbu said the case could be contested in Britain, Italy or Romania, adding that the Fiorentina player has an Italian lawyer who was also dealing with the case. Sarbu said he had spoken to Mutu, who is preparing to play for Romania at the European Championship and didn't want to be distracted.
"This is all he needs at the moment," Sarbu said.
FIFA confirmed to the Associated Press that a decision on the dispute at stake been reached by the Dispute Resolution Chamber, but provided no details, saying Chelsea and Mutu would be notified. Romanian Football Federation spokesman Paul Zaharia declined to comment, adding he was aware of the reports.
Zaharia said Mutu was training in the Swiss mountains with the team ahead of its opening European Championship match against France on Monday.
Chelsea had asked for 8 million pounds (US$16 million; euro10 million) in compensation, a claim that was based on the transfer value of Mutu.
Chelsea bought Mutu from Parma in 2003 for 15 million pounds and let him go in October 2004 after he tested positive for cocaine. He was suspended from all football for the next seven months.
The English Premier League also ruled that Mutu's misconduct was a unilateral breach of contract without just cause. In December 2005, an appeal filed by Mutu against the Premier League's decision was dismissed.
FIFA made the decision after the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled in May 2007 that the world football body decide what fine Mutu should pay.