London-based football club Chelsea has won an appeal at the Lausanne sports court that entitles it to demand financial compensations from Romanian football player Adrian Mutu, whom it suspended in 2004 after he was found to have taken drugs, the BBC has learned.
The compensations refer to part of the money paid by Chelsea for the transfer of Mutu and part of the salary invested to recruit him, according to the BBC.
BBC sources also speak of Chelsea plans to demand compensations from Juventus, a team that offered Mutu a five-year contract before his seven-month suspension by the English football federation expired.
Mutu was found to have taken drugs during a doping test demanded by Chelsea. The club annulled his contract within days after the finding. The English football federation later decided to apply a seven-month suspension to the Romanian footballer.
Chelsea than demanded compensations to recover part of its investment in Mutu, but the footballer challenged the move before FIFA and managed to reject the claim with the help of Italian lawyers, as he had already been contracted by Juventus.
The information obtained by the BBC turns the situation upside down as the Lausanne sports arbitration court has the last word in cases like this.
Adrian Mutu currently plays for Italian team Fiorentina and scored 15 goals this season.