Taylor reveals Mutu admission
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Adrian Mutu will seek leniency from The FA after admitting taking an illegal substance.Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu will seek leniency from The Football Association after admitting taking an illegal substance.
The Romanian forward was revealed as the player who tested positive for a banned substance at a routine drugs test, said to have taken place in September.
Mutu had been in Italy when the story broke, but he returned to London on Monday with his advisors for crunch talks with The PFA and his club.
The former Parma man has opted not to wait for the B test, which his advisors claimed would come back with the same result.
It would appear as if Mutu has been advised to hold his hands up and take his punishment on the chin, which they seemingly hope will result in a lesser suspension than if he had protested his innocence.
PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor has confirmed Mutu admitting taking cocaine, but added they could plead for leniency.
"We had a meeting with him yesterday and there will be correspondence with The FA and there will be a hearing proceeded with as quickly as possible, without the second sample being tested," said Taylor.
"He has accepted he did test positive for cocaine, has accepted it, and we will have to deal with it under the social drugs procedure which we have in line with The FA.
"There is a distinction between social drugs and performance enhancing and if the player accepts he is guilty and is prepared to undergo rehabilitation, to be checked regularly and be clean, there is a greater sympathy towards the player than if he had not accepted it or if it was performance enhancing.
"WADA (The World Anti-Doping Association) is reluctant to have such a distinction, so that may well create a problem."
Outlining what could be the basis of their case for leniency, Taylor added: "He is a valuable player who has had personal problems and things have not gone well at Chelsea. It needs the club's involvement with the player to get back on track and I also hope the FA commission will take that into account as well.
"It is possible for a club to have a player tested if there have been such problems and they can have a contract cancelled. If they do it with Adrian, it would be a substantial amount to write off. So they have as much interest in getting him back on track as we have.
"We will have a hearing at The FA and then there will be a commission where it will be decided what action to take."
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