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February 1, 2023

Mutu could become target of criminal probe

The doping scandal involving Romanian football player Adrian Mutu has increased, as expected, to an extent where an Italian magistrate already mentioned the possibility of a criminal probe against him.

Italian daily ‘La Gazzetta dello Sport’ quotes Raffaele Guariniello, a magistrate from the Prosecutor’s Office in Turin, who said prosecutors in Florence might open a criminal probe against Romanian footballer Adrian Mutu, who was found positive for sibutramine at a doping test. “This is a completely unfounded hypothesis, in legal terms,” retorted Nino D’Avirro, Mutu’s lawyer in this case.

Ioan Becali, the agent of Adrian Mutu, made several statements for ‘Corriere dello Sport,’ and contradicted the player’s mother, who said the weight loss pills taken by her son were due for someone else.

“Mutu’s mother is overweight; she used these pills and also gave them to her son. However, this does not change things too much. Adrian was wrong. At this age and with his years of experience, he should not have done such a mistake. We hope he will get a minimal sanction, let’s say three months,” Becali declared.

On the other hand, Fiorentina made the first move in the case of Adrian Mutu, as the Italian club’s management speaks about cutting his pay for the time he is suspended following the doping scandal, Violanews.com reports. “Mutu was present at the stadium (on Tuesday), but he did not train with his teammates. He stayed inside the Artemio Franchi arena, where he talked with Giovanni Becali and Pantaleo Corvino about his future. They also discussed the defence strategy he will choose and the possibility of cutting his salary while he is being suspended,” Violanews.com adds.

The Italian journalists also mention that negotiations will be very tough, given the Romanian player’s agent (Ioan Becali) strongly rules out any salary cut for Mutu.

Adrian Mutu tested positive for sibutramine in two anti-doping checks, on January 10 and 20, 2010 after playing against Bari (Serie A) and Lazio (Cup of Italy). The Italian Olympic Committee announced on January 29 that the Romanian footballer is suspended until a final decision is made in his case.

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