ROME (AP) — Juventus and Livorno have been ordered by FIFA to help Adrian Mutu pay the more than 21 million euros (nearly $30 million) he owes Chelsea in a nine-year legal case over a positive cocaine test.
After the order was first reported by the Gazzetta dello Sport, FIFA confirmed to The Associated Press that its Dispute Resolution Chamber ruled the Italian clubs "are jointly responsible." The decision can be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Mutu was originally ordered to pay Chelsea 17.7 million euros ($24 million), but the amount has risen with interest. Chelsea terminated Mutu's contract after he tested positive for cocaine in 2004 with nearly four years left on his deal. He went to Juventus via a licensing technicality with Livorno to get around non-EU player limits.