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Embarrassment for Fifa as Mutu case drags on

Football's tortuous disputes processes have been exposed by the fact that Chelsea are still waiting for a verdict from Fifa on their demand for damages from Adrian Mutu. The Romanian admitted having tested positive for cocaine in October 2004 and on February 4, 2005, Chelsea informed Fifa of their contractual claim against Mutu.

The player appealed initially against Chelsea's decision to sack him to the Premier League, which backed the club, and then to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which dismissed Mutu's appeal.

Chelsea then told Fifa of their intention to pursue Mutu for compensation under the world governing body's rules concerning breaches of contract "without sporting just cause". Inexplicably, Fifa informed Chelsea in October 2006 that its own Disputes-Resolution Chamber had no jurisdiction in what was a contractual matter involving two parties who had submitted to Fifa's rules.

Chelsea went back to CAS and inevitably the court found in favour of the club. "The DRC does have jurisdiction to determine the appropriate sanction and/or order for compensation arising out of the dispute between Chelsea and Mutu. Mutu is not entitled to object to Fifa jurisdiction," it said

Finally, Fifa agreed to the principle that Mutu - now with Fiorentina - had breached his contract without sporting just cause. But that verdict was months ago and Chelsea, who wrote off the player's £13m fee on sacking him and who have since incurred hundreds of thousands of pounds in legal fees, are still waiting to learn what compensation they might receive.

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Mutu does it again for Fiorentina

Daily Mail 18th February 2008

Former Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu claimed his 14th league goal of the season as Fiorentina beat Catania 2-1.

The Romanian, who came back from injury to hit the only goal in Thursday's 1-0 UEFA Cup clash at Rosenborg, struck a stunning winner from 30 yards.

Mutu is now second in the Serie A scoring charts, while Fiorentina are in the fourth Champions League spot.

The striker, sacked by Chelsea in 2004 after testing positive for cocaine, said: "There are still a lot of games to play and we can improve."

Must be still snorting.

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Had a great debut, I was at the game and said to my dad that this player would help us win some trophies. He would have done, I think.

I agree, he was a class player but chucked it all away, he is now seemingly getting himself sorted out and showing again how good he really is.

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