Juventus relieved of paying Adrian Mutu's contract breach compensation to Chelsea
Chelsea’s appeal for a compensation of €22 million over Adrian Mutu’s contract breach has been ruled out and Juventus relieved of paying the bill along with Livorno. Mutu joined the Italian club Juventus in January 2005 while he was still under a ban until May. He was signed by Livorno first as Juventus had filled up their quota for signing non-European players in that season.
The Blues had taken legal action against the player over a contract breach in 2005 after he allegedly failed a drugs test for cocaine. The footballer also recieved a seven month ban along with a fine of £20,000 from The FA. Chelsea had paid €22.5 million to acquire Mutu from Parma and the intention behind the “demand for compensation” was to recover a large amount of the fee they paid to sign him.
Chelsea charged to pay trial expenses
The compensation amount was reported to be €17.7 million, which was incremented to €22 million due to interest accumulated over the years. However, Juventus officials have released a statement on Wednesday confirming the reports that Chelsea’s legal request has been denied.
The club’s official website read, “Following the news that circulated in the last few hours, Juventus Football Club S.p.A. confirms that the Court of Arbitration for Sport has revised the decision regarding the case that pitted Chelsea F.C. against Juventus over the transfer of Adrian Mutu.
“The tribunal rejected in full the requests put forward by Chelsea F.C., charging the same club with paying the expenses for the trial.
“This ruling has no effect on the financial balance of Juventus Football Club S.p.A. because the club, fully aware of being in the right, chose not to allow for any risk in funds over the developing litigation.”
As reported by Gazzetta dello Sport, Juventus and Liverno presented their argument on the basis that they picked up the player’s registration after three months of his sacking by Chelsea.