Taylor hits out at Chelsea
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Gordon Taylor has hit out at Chelsea for their decision to sack Adrian Mutu.
PFA chief Gordon Taylor has hit out at Chelsea for their decision to sack striker Adrian Mutu.
The Romanian international captain failed a drugs test at Stamford Bridge and has been axed by the West Londoners due to their 'zero tolerance' policy on such matters.
It follows the dismissal of former Blues keeper Mark Bosnich for testing positive for cocaine.
"I'm not entirely surprised because this follows the pattern Chelsea adopted with Mark Bosnich," Taylor told Sky Sports News.
"They've target-tested two players and not gone through proper procedures again. It's very premature bearing in mind the lad's got enough serious problems to deal with. He's not even had an official hearing with The FA and there's a doubt as to what action they will take
"My information is they want to get rid of the player and also want compensation for him to pursue his career which again is against the rules and regulations. They have made a statement about zero tolerance which is all well and good in this day and age but they should have a duty of care.
"They paid millions for this player. There is no evidence of an addictive problem; it may be a one-off situation so to make a judgement on termination and then another judgement with regards to his future.
"It's just ironical that when we've tried to bring drug awareness problems to clubs using Tony Adams's Sporting Chance clinic, there was a visit to Chelsea and they didn't even involve first and second team players, they just gave them the day off, so it isn't the sort of approach that is going to be constructive or positive for the future.
"It looks like Chelsea want rid of him and also want compensation. You would think having spent so much money on the young player with the talent he has they could have spent a bit extra on making sure his lifestyle was right."
Taylor admitting feeling sympathy for Mutu, who had been such an instant hit on his arrival in the English capital.
"The young lad has got problems with all the pressure of the media and his personal life and it is a time when you'd expect your employers to show a duty of care rather than the opposite of washing their hands of him," he added.
"You have to ask yourself, bearing in mind what Chelsea have done, whose interest was best served by leaking the information out into the public and it's disappointing from one of our major clubs.
"There is no evidence this is a serious problem; he's accepted responsibility for what we hope is a one-off situation. Once he was clean, he could come back to his football career and hopefully that would flourish.
"This is a problem for the world in general and not just football. It would be nice to think football could set an example of how best to deal with social problems.
"Psychologically, it's a very hard time for him. He's a young man and it's hard to cope with such publicity at times.
"You would hope the employer could show some compassion and consideration and a duty of care but it doesn't appear that we're going to get this."
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