After receiving a nine-month suspension from CONI (the Italian Olympic Committee) for testing positive for sibutramine, Adrian Mutu was informed on Tuesday that Fiorentina decided to cut his salary by 50 per cent during his suspension, Violanews.com informs. “Starting today (Tuesday – editor’s note) Adrian Mutu will receive only half his salary from Fiorentina. The decision comes after the Romanian player was suspended for nine months for using banned substances. Club officials consider that the club’s image suffered a lot because of the row in which Mutu was involved. In this context, the striker will no longer receive the salary stipulated in the contract signed a while ago,” Violanews.com points out. Before his suspension Mutu had a salary of approximately EUR 180,000 per month. Fiorentina and Romania striker Mutu has been suspended until October 29 for testing positive for a banned appetite suppressant. “I’m not happy. Such a long ban for a laxative pill seems really excessive,” Mutu said in a statement read out to reporters by his lawyer Paolo Rodella. Mutu, who was sacked by Chelsea in 2004 for cocaine use and served a seven-month ban, has been sorely missed by Fiorentina with the Florence side sliding down to 10th in Serie A and being knocked out of the Champions League last 16 by Bayern Munich. The former Parma and Juventus player is still dealing with the consequences of the 2004 cocaine scandal, as Switzerland-based CAS backed Chelsea’s claim for compensation last year and ordered him to pay over 17 million euros in damages. He is appealing against the ruling to a Swiss federal court and the situation is now on hold.