Fiorentina striker and Romanian international Adrian Mutu was on the receiving end of the largest fine in the history of football: he was ordered to pay former club Chelsea 17.2 million euro in damages after the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) rejected his appeal following the initial decision last year.

Fifa’s dispute resolution chamber ruled in May 2008 that Mutu had committed a breach of contract during his tenure at Chelsea by he failed a doping test in 2004.

Mutu subsequently had appealed to the CAS against the ruling, but the panel eventually upheld the original judgment, ruling on July 31 in favour of the London club and setting a precedent in the world of football.

According to an official statement on the Fifa website: “The claim for compensation of Chelsea Football Club, regarding the breach of a contract which was signed between the two parties on 12 August 2003, has been accepted. The player Adrian Mutu will have to pay the amount of 17 173 990 euro to Chelsea Football Club.”
This was confirmed by a succinct statement on the CAS official website, which said: “The Court of Arbitration for Sport has today dismissed the appeal filed by the Romanian football player, Adrian Mutu, against the decision rendered by the Fifa Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) on 7 May 2008 in which he was ordered to pay 17 173 990 euro in compensation to his former club, Chelsea FC, for breach of contract.”

In turn, Chelsea FC have said in a statement on their website: “Chelsea is delighted with the Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) decision”.

Mutu tested positive for cocaine and was handed a seven-month ban, during which period he was released by Chelsea. After his ban expired he signed on with Serie A club Juventus and later Fiorentina, with Chelsea receiving no transfer fee for the player. Chelsea argued that it was due compensation because it was Mutu who breached the contract.

Mutu’s fortune is listed at 10 million. Thus he must seek financial aid in some interesting ways. Report Continues