FIFA have ordered Adrian Mutu to pay Chelsea £13.68million after being tested positive for cocaine during his time at Stamford Bridge.
Mutu, 29, tested positive for cocaine in 2004 and was banned for seven months before moving to Juventus and Fiorentina after getting sacked by Chelsea.
The world game’s governing body calculated the compensation according to the value of the remaining period on a contract that was cancelled by Chelsea in October 2004
The Court of Arbitration for Sport had ordered FIFA to make a ruling and the matter went to the Dispute Resolution Chamber of the world governing body.
“The club can confirm that it has received the decision from FIFA’s Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) on the claim made against Adrian Mutu,” read a statement from Chelsea.
“Chelsea is delighted with the DRC’s decision to award the club £13.68million in compensation.”
“This is an important decision for football. Not only did the DRC make us a very significant monetary award, the decision also recognised the damaging effect incidents involving drugs has on football and the responsibilities we all have in this area.
“Chelsea will now be following the process laid out in the DRC’s decision to claim the money from Mutu.”
In the meantime, Mutu has extended his contract at Fiorentina – a club the Romanian striker joined in July 2006 for €8m (£5.7m) after signing for Juventus in January 2005 on a free. Chelsea argued that this move threatened contractual stability throughout football.