Adrian Mutu writes an open letter to Chelsea
Romanian still struggling to pay ridiculous £14.6m fine
Adrian Mutu was sacked by Chelsea in 2004 on account of his cocaine abuse, and was given a seven month ban and a £20,000 fine by the FA. When he signed for Juventus (via Livorno) as a free agent during this mandatory exile period, the Blues demanded £9.6m from the player to compensate for the initial transfer fee.
Mutu soon regretted hiring a lawyer he saw running down the street after an ambulance, as the fine was increased to £14.6m after two appeals to the very same Court of Arbitration for Sport who recently banned Chelsea from transfer activity.
Some might say that the transfer ban helped to restore karmic balance following Chelsea’s lack of compassion towards the Romanian, but the point remains that £14.6m is a penalty that only a handful of footballers could realistically afford to pay. In his latest bid to avoid the angry Russian debt collectors, Mutu has written an open letter to FIFA and his former employers. Sky Sport Italia printed the highlights, which Goal.com roughly translated:
“To Chelsea, the FIFA disciplinary committee and FIFA president Josep Blatter
“I write this letter in relation to the €17,183,990 that I have to pay. I do not share the reasons that are the base of this verdict and my intention if necessary is to continue this battle to defend my rights as a footballer.
“I cannot pay such a sum, no-body in my conditions would be able to do so. I think the best way to answer this question would be to donate money to a charity of Chelsea’s choice that helps youngsters caught up in drug abuse whether it’s in London, England or Romania.
“Signed, Adrian Mutu.”
Mutu’s agent Giovanni Becali today admitted that the player should only pay back the amount he earned in wages at Chelsea, and that Juventus, Livorno and his former agent Alessandro Moggi should make up the rest.