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Adrian Mutu writes an open letter to Chelsea

Romanian still struggling to pay ridiculous £14.6m fine

Adrian Mutu

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 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.

9 responses so far
  • Garreth // September 8, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    “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.”

    Except it wasn’t CAS who banned Chelsea from transfer activity – CAS is who they can make an appeal to after FIFA’s decision.

  • Peter // September 8, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    As a Chelsea fan, I’m disgusted by Chelsea’s treatment of Adrian Mutu. As a Club you were not willing to stand by the player and help him out but instead threw him on the scrap heap. Now he has got back on his feet you go after him in this manner. Thoroughly disgusting behaviour by Chelsea.

  • Craig // September 8, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Peter, you’re funny.

  • Sir Cecil // September 8, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Chelsea has nothing to do with the court’s decision or the final sum of the damages.
    Mutu is like a convicted burglar writing to his victims asking them to ignore the verdict of his trial and, instead, to join him in making a charitable contribution to a local dog shelter.
    A farce.

  • Raph88 // September 8, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    hear hear.
    down with this sort of thing!

  • Gareth_with_one_r // September 8, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    The simple fact is he DOES NOT have £14.6m. So, what’s the point of fining him that amount?

    The argument, I suppose, is that was his transfer value, or the fee that Chelsea paid for him. If so, that is a flawed argument. Current value has nothing to do with purchasing fee, especially in football.

    Also, Chelsea are the ones who decided to sack him. So, in effect, they shot themselves in the foot and are now suing the bullet maker for recompense.

    Had Chelsea stood by the player, got him through it, then he would have been able to fulfil his contract, and / or Chelsea would have been able to recoup some or all of that by selling him on. Exhibit A: Paul Merson and Arsenal. I don’t think Merson was caught and banned, but the principle remains the same.

  • Sir Cecil // September 8, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Juventus joined in a scheme with Mutu whereby they made 9m or 10m profit due to Mutu’s breaking of his contract at Chelsea. Mutu was part of the scam, joining another club who would then pass him on to Juventus. With no big fee involved, Mutu could command a higher salary.
    He didn’t get away with it and Chelsea rightly demanded compensation. The court agreed it was a scam. The mealy-mouthed posters who don’t have an inkling of the facts are the kind of fools Mutu is appealing to in his appalling “Open Letter”.

  • Sir Cecil // September 8, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    It doesn’t matter if he doesn’t have the money. That’s the fine.
    If a murderer gets 4 life terms for a quadruple killing, does he get let off three because he doesn’t have four lives?

  • to Sir Cecil // September 9, 2009 at 8:25 am

    It’s an unjust decision, Chelsea didn’t payed Mutu a sum around 14.6 million, that scale of sum they payed to Parma club. To Mutu they only payed the wages … So where is the logic to demand that sum from the person in acase as such, on image prejudice, this is just high level of Chelsea hypocrisy …

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