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August 3, 2021

Mutu to be heard by anti-doping body today

This should be a crucial day for the Romanian striker. At 4 PM he and his two lawyers, selected from Florence’s best, is expected in Rome for hearings in Foro Italico by the Italian National Olympic Committee’s Anti-doping Prosecutor’s, pro.sport informs.

The meeting, set to take place behind closed doors, could be decisive in establishing sanction for Mutu’s alleged illegal substance use. This happened after he tested positive for sibutramine in two tests conducted 10 days apart.

Michelle Ducci, Nino D’Avirro and Paolo Rodella, the player’s lawyers, have won a difficult battle against Chief Prosecutor Ettore Torri, in an effort to prove that Mutu is not a repeat offender. They argued the anti-doping test conducted in October 2004 in which Mutu tested positive for cocaine was a ‘private’ one (it was ordered by Chelsea, not by the FA) so it does not count as precedent. Nevertheless, CONI will argue that 7-month suspension the striker received back then was ‘assimilated’ by FIFA and WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) so it is internationally relevant. The difference is significant. In case he is found to be a repeat offender Mutu will risk a 1 to 4-year suspension. Otherwise he could get away with only a three-month suspension, with one month of it already served (the three-month suspension came into force on January 29).

‘The player is calm and confident that he will prove his innocence in taking the weight-reduction pills. I sensed he is very determined,’ Nino D’Avirro stated.

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