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Mutu agent hopeful over ban

Fiorentina forward could miss rest of the season

Last Updated: 03/03/10 6:14pm

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Mutu: Agent hopeful

Mutu: Agent hopeful

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The agent of former Chelsea star Adrian Mutu is hopeful the striker won't be hit with a lengthy ban after testing positive for a banned substance.

Mutu - sacked by Chelsea in 2004 for failing a cocaine drugs test - was found to have a stimulating substance in his body following tests after two games for Italian club Fiorentina.

The 31-year-old underwent checks after the Serie A win over Bari on 10th January and again 10 days later in the Coppa Italia win over Lazio, where the striker scored twice in a 3-2 triumph.

A hearing over the Romania international's fate with the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) on Wednesday led agent Giovanna Becali to insist his client would escape with a short ban that could see him miss the remainder of the season.

The former Juventus man was forced to explain how the diet pill sibutramine was discovered in his body, with Becali claiming Mutu had administered the drug without the consent of a doctor - a decision which he regretted.

"We have only to wait the decision," said Becali. "The guy (Mutu) has been wrong and admitted his mistake, not having asked a suggestion to a doctor before utilising that product.

"There will be a ban, but I think it won't be more than three or four moths."

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