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FIFA tell Juventus to pay Chelsea Mutu compensation

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I don't really know how this is still a thing, but apparently Chelsea are set to make some money thanks to Adrian Mutu. Mutu, who was sacked by the club almost a decade ago after testing positive for cocaine, hasn't really been on our minds for quite some time, but according to Gazzetto dello Sport (which means that this is to be taken with a grain of salt), Juventus have been ordered by FIFA to pay us €21 million in compensation for signing Mutu after he'd been released and subsequently picked up by Livorno*

*For whom he never played.

The Blues paid €22.5 million for the Romanian in 2003, and the thought is that Mutu's misconduct cost the club a chance at getting a significant transfer fee after he was moved on -- and Chelsea's request for damages has now resulted in FIFA's ruling, which also includes an extra €2,500 per day late fee (or ten percent of a Fernando Torres, if that's your metric of choice). Originally, Mutu was ordered to pay the damages, but sine he can't that burden now falls upon his subsequent employers. This will now go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which should be the last spot on the appeals train.

Although the striker didn't go directly to Juventus after being dismissed from Chelsea, he never paid for stopgaps Livorno, so going after the Old Lady seems fairly reasonable. We'll call it even if y'all give us Paul Pogba,Juve.