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Fiorentina striker Adrian Mutu fails drugs test

Adrian Mutu
Mutu tested positive after a serie A match

Romania international striker Adrian Mutu has tested positive for a banned substance, according to the Italian Olympic Committee.

A statement said traces of anti-obesity drug sibutramine were found in a sample after a Serie A match between his Fiorentina side and Bari on 10 January.

The 31-year-old tested positive for cocaine in 2004 while at Chelsea.

Mutu was banned for seven months by the Football Association, but he could face a four-year ban for a second offence.

Sibutramine is an appetite suppressant drug used for obese people, although it was recently banned in the UK amid fears over the increased risks of heart attacks and strokes.

Mutu has been in excellent form for the Florence-based club, scoring seven times this season - including a goal in the 2-1 win over Bari.

But away from the pitch a Swiss Federal Court is nearing a ruling on his appeal against the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which said he must pay Chelsea 17m Euros (£14.62m) for breach of contract.

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Top obesity drug being suspended
22 Jan 10 |  Health
Juventus sell Mutu to Fiorentina
10 Jul 06 |  Europe
Banned Mutu wants Adams help
01 Dec 04 |  Football
Mutu starts rehab at Adams clinic
04 Feb 05 |  Football
Mutu given seven-month suspension
04 Nov 04 |  Chelsea
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04 Nov 04 |  Chelsea

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