Blues to seek Mutu payment
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Chelsea have been cleared to seek payment over Adrian Mutu's move to Juve.The Premier League appeals committee have cleared Chelsea to seek compensation following Adrian Mutu's move to Juventus.
Chelsea sacked Mutu back in October after the Romanian striker was banned after testing positive for cocaine.
The forward's free transfer status alerted Juventus and the Turin club stepped in to hand him a five-year contract.
Mutu is not eligible to play again until the start of next season, as his ban runs until May, but the fact that he has moved to Juventus for nothing has irked The Blues.
Chelsea appealed to the Premier League in order to recover some of the £16 million they paid Parma for his services.
It is believed The Blues are looking to recoup some £8 million and, after the Premier League heard evidence from Mutu, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, chief executive Peter Kenyon and a representative from Juventus, have been given the go-ahead to seek compensation.
Although the London giants sacked Mutu, they are arguing that his drug abuse breached the terms of his deal and that the striker effectively annulled his own contract.
Fifa will have the final word on the issues, as a statement from the Premier League read: "The appeals committee concluded that the conduct of the player in taking banned drugs was gross misconduct which entitled the club to treat the player's contract as at an end and amounted to a unilateral breach without just cause or sporting just cause.
"The club is therefore entitled to proceed to seek compensation and sporting sanctions from the dispute resolution chamber (DRC) of FIFA."