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August 4, 2021

Swiss court confirms Mutu has to pay EUR 17 M to Chelsea

After losing his appeal within the Swiss Federal Court, Fiorentina’s Romanian striker Adrian Mutu will have to pay EUR 17 M to Chelsea for breaching his contract. The Swiss Court upheld the sanctions ruled by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and FIFA, but it is not clear whether Mutu will pay this sum alone. Mutu, currently suspended until the end of October after testing positive in anti-doping tests, was fired by Chelsea in 2004 after he tested positive for cocaine. Chelsea sued him for breaching his contract (he had four years left to play for the London-based club) and asked to be paid damages after it had paid Parma EUR 22.5 M for Mutu. The decision was confirmed by FIFA and then by CAS. Mutu was suspended for seven months for doping, returning on the pitch in 2005. “The conclusion is the sum does not surpass the legal principles and the Romanian player’s appeal is unfounded,” the Swiss Federal Court communiqué reads.

Mutu has to pay EUR 17,173,990 and an interest of 5 per cent starting from September 12, 2008. The Swiss Court also decided that Mutu has to cover the court’s expenses of EUR 104,000.

Chelsea and its owner, Russian billionaire Roman Abramovici, could agree to negotiate a lower sum to be paid as damages at the end of a judicial battle that took place in five different courts.

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