Chelsea have sacked Adrian Mutu after he failed a drugs test.
The Romanian striker tested positive for a banned substance – which he later denied was cocaine – in October.
A statement from Chelsea explaining the decision read:”We want to make clear that Chelsea has a zero tolerance policy towards drugs.”
“This applies to both performance-enhancing drugs or so-called ‘recreational’ drugs. They have no place at our club or in sport.
“In coming to a decision on this case, Chelsea believed the club’s social responsibility to its fans, players, employees and other stakeholders in football regarding drugs was more important than the major financial considerations to the company.
“Any player who takes drugs breaches his contract with the club as well as Football Association rules.
“The club totally supports the FA in strong action on all drugs cases.”
Meanwhile, Fifa has re-iterated their stance over Mutu’s failed drugs test, claiming it is a matter for the domestic bodies.
“Fifa is not in a position to make any comment on the matter until the English FA have informed us of their disciplinary decision and the relevant information associated with it,” said a Fifa spokesman.
It emerged that Mutu had failed a drugs test on October 18 and, although it was initially reported that he took cocaine, the 25-year-old claimed the drug was intended to improve his sexuual performance.