Italian giants Juventus are to appeal a court ruling at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, after it was ruled that the Old Lady would have to pay Chelsea just over €21m in damages as a result of the deal to bring Adrian Mutu to Serie A in January 2005.
Juventus managed to sign Mutu at no cost, after the Romanian was released by Chelsea after failing a drugs test for cocaine in 2004. Chelsea took legal action against the forward, who was initially ordered to pay Chelsea the damages caused by his breach of contract.
Following Mutu's move to Turin, Chelsea argued to FIFA that they were deserving of a fee - but FIFA ruled that it was the responsibility of the player to foot the costs.
Livorno assisted Juventus in the signing of Mutu by signing the player on a co-ownership deal, allowing Juventus to circumvent the non-EU player limit, which would have forbidden them from signing the former-Chievo Verona man.
Gazzetta dello Sport claims that the two Italian clubs have been ordered to pay Chelsea and that FIFA’s Dispute Resolution Chamber has decided the two Italian clubs will have to hand over €21m in damages – which includes €3.3m in interest.
Livorno's Club President, Aldo Spinelli, insists that he remains calm on the matter, and that it is for Juventus to deal with.
“We have very little to do with this. We are calm," Spinelli told TuttoMercatoWeb.
“This is a problem for lawyers from Juventus and Chelsea. We are unconnected to all of this.”
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