Thursday 23 November 2017

Mutu ordered to pay €17.2m

Adrian Mutu has lost his lengthy legal battle against Chelsea as the Swiss Federal Court ordered him to pay his former club over €17.2m.

The court confirmed that they have upheld the decision made by FIFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport, drawing what should be a final line under a fight that has lasted over five years.

Chelsea paid Parma €22.5m for Mutu in August 2003 but sacked him in September 2004 when he tested positive for cocaine, before suing him to recover the money they paid to sign him.

The incident has dogged Mutu ever since. FIFA ordered him to pay €17m to Chelsea, and his appeal to the CAS failed. Mutu was given a glimmer of hope when the Swiss Federal Court temporarily suspended the fine, but they have now decided the 31-year-old must pay the full amount, plus interest.

The court was keen to highlight that they were unable to make a ruling on the actual decision but rather just the sum involved -- €17,173,990 plus interest.

A Swiss Federal Court statement read: "The Federal Court had only to consider whether the amount of damages/ interest allocated to the London club violated the core values that all judicial systems should follow.

"They came to the conclusion that this was not the case."

It is unclear whether Mutu -- who must also pay court costs -- will be able to pay the full amount after reports in Romania last year suggested he was bankrupt.

Irish Independent

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