Swiss supreme court orders Adrian Mutu to pay former club Chelsea $20M in cocaine caseBy AP
Monday, June 14, 2010
Mutu must pay Chelsea $20M damages in cocaine case
LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Adrian Mutu must pay Chelsea more than $20.7 million in compensation after losing his final appeal in a legal case over a positive cocaine test.
The Swiss Federal Court on Monday followed the Court of Arbitration for Sport and FIFA in ruling that Mutu must pay the record sum.
Chelsea terminated the Romania international’s contract after he failed a drug test in 2004. He still had nearly four years left on his deal.
Mutu went on to rebuild his career in Italy.
FIFA awarded damages to Chelsea because Mutu breached his contract, a decision upheld by CAS.
Mutu took his appeals to Switzerland’s supreme court.
Federal judges said CAS followed correct legal process when it dismissed Mutu’s challenge to the FIFA decision.