Adrian Mutu must pay Chelsea Football Club 17,173,990 euros in compensation following a decision by the Dispute Resolution Chamber. The player failed a drugs test in 2004, while a Chelsea employee, thereby breaching his contract with the club.
A FIFA statement read: "We can confirm that a decision has been taken by the Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) regarding the case of the player Adrian Mutu and Chelsea Football Club (England), and that the decision has been notified to the parties concerned.
"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 partially accepted. The player Adrian Mutu will have to pay the amount of EUR 17,173,990 to Chelsea Football Club. According to art. 63 of the FIFA Statutes, this decision may be appealed against before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)."
Mutu was sacked by Chelsea in October 2004, and banned from football for seven months, after failing a drugs test for cocaine. The Romanian has since rebuilt his career at Juventus and Fiorentina, whom he has represented since July 2006.