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Didn't they choose to terminate his contract instead of asking for a fee for him? If he had remained as their player they could have fined him a few weeks wages and then sold him on.

 

I doubt they have any legal grounds for asking for this.

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ST. GALLEN, Switzerland — Romania striker Adrian Mutu was ordered by FIFA to pay $18.6 million to Chelsea for testing positive for cocaine in 2004.

 

Mutu's lawyer, Cristian Sarbu, said Friday the player would contest the fine in civil court. Sarbu added the decision was not final and Mutu would not pay any compensation until all legal avenues have 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 Mutu also had an Italian lawyer who was dealing with the case.

 

FIFA did not immediately confirm the decision, and Romanian Football Federation spokesman Paul Zaharia declined 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 $16 million in compensation, a claim that was based on the transfer value of Mutu.

 

Chelsea bought Mutu from Parma in 2003 for $25.3 million 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 must decide what fine Mutu should pay.

The Associated Press

 

Appeal case to be heard in Italy then, were he'll be ordered to pay a lot less.

If it pi55es Kenyon off, then everyone's a winner

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Difficult to see why he would pay 18 million because some sporting tribunal with no understanding of labor law orders him to - seems like a ridiculous verdict and FIFA really needs to sort themselfs out. If nothing else - he will stop playing football and tell FIFA to f*** off - what are they going to do?

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Difficult to see why he would pay 18 million because some sporting tribunal with no understanding of labor law orders him to - seems like a ridiculous verdict and FIFA really needs to sort themselfs out. If nothing else - he will stop playing football and tell FIFA to f*** off - what are they going to do?

 

It is a ridiculous verdict. Makes no sense whatsoever outside the context of football.

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Why would he have to pay the money to Chelsea, presumably they didnt pay his wages up front did they?

 

I can see that getting tested positive for a banned substance would constitue a breach of his playing contract but why should he pay 18million f***ing euros because they they saw fit to sack him.

 

Maybe one of our resident Chelsea fan lawyers, like Cobs can enlighten us. :D

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crazy decision.

 

would be like if a regular joe worker was sacked by his employer for a drugs offence and they then sued him

 

unless they prepaid his contract or this was a signing on fee then can't see how they came to this decision

 

transfer value is irrelevant in this context

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Chelsea failed in their duty of care to their employee. Mutu has sorted himself him out and turned his career around, good luck to him.

 

How the f*** can a club funded on money such as they are even contemplate occupying the moral high ground on ANY position at all?

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Macca says tough s*** Chelsea - they sacked him.

 

Completely agree, they were looking for it as well.

 

Chelsea can f*** off.

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Strikes me as a crazy decision, but who knows what's actually written in the contract. It wouldn't surprise me to find clauses regarding financial penalties for such contingencies.

 

If there aren't though, I don't see how Chelsea would have a leg to stand on in a real court, seeing as it was their termination of the contract that directly caused the losses for which they're claiming, not Mutu's snorting coke.

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