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BUCHAREST (AFP) - A commission charged by world football's ruling body FIFA to resolve a conflict opposing Chelsea and Adrian Mutu has ruled that the Romanian international must pay his former club 12 million euros.

According to a report on the website of Mutu's current club Fiorentina, cited by the Mediafax agency here, the commission ruled that Mutu must repay the Premier League club for revenues they claimed to have lost following his sacking for drugs use in 2004.

Chelsea signed Mutu for 15.8 million pounds (19.8 million euros) in the summer of 2003 but sacked him in October 2004 after he tested positive for cocaine during a doping control.

The club estimated that the affair, which led to Mutu serving a seven-month ban, cost them 13 million pounds (16.2 million euros) in lost revenue.

Mutu, currently with the Romanian national team in Switzerland preparing for their European Championships opener against France on June 9, is expected to appeal the decision, at a civil court. His lawyer told Romanian news channel Realitatea that Mutu would be doing so.

After serving his ban Mutu signed for Juventus only to be transfered to Fiorentina where he has resurrected his career.


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Fifa have reached a verdict on Chelsea's damages claim against former hitman Adrian Mutu, but have yet to inform each party...

Adrian Mutu's past has been dragged up whilst on Euro 2008 duty with Romania.

A £15m capture from Parma, the striker was sacked by Chelsea in 2004 after testing positive for cocaine and was hit with a seven-month ban from football.

Fifa had ruled that the Fiorentina forward must pay £9.6m (€12million) in damages to the Blues - compensation for breach of contract.

Mutu has disputed that decision and Fifa have now stated: "The decision on the dispute at stake has been reached by the Dispute Resolution Chamber and is currently being processed.

"The decision will be notified to the parties concerned in due course."


Swiss lawyer Gianpaolo Monteneri has visited Mutu in St Gallen to discuss the case, saying on Friday: "We will take a decision on how to act (to defend our client) as soon as a final decision by Fifa is available.

Blues spokesman Simon Greenberg added: "Until we have the official decision we cannot say anything officially.

"We never asked for a sum. The only thing we ever said publicly was how much in our accounts Mutu was worth. When he left, obviously he had a value in our account.

"That value was £13million but when we made our case to Fifa we did not ask for a specific amount."

Fifa, backed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, decided on the £9.6m fee themselves.

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