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Last Updated: Wednesday, 20 October, 2004, 09:49 GMT 10:49 UK
Mutu begins drug rehabilitation
Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu has admitted failing a drugs test
Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu has started his rehabilitation programme by seeing a Football Association psychiatrist.

The Chelsea striker failed a drug test when he was tested positive for cocaine and the player has now flown to Rome after seeing the psychiatrist.

His visit is the first part of a bid to be granted leniency by the FA which has yet to comment on the situation.

Mutu, 25, could be facing a lengthy suspension after failing the random drug test in September.

However, he is hoping his admission that he took the drug, along with his willingness to co-operate with any rehab scheme, will help him receive a lighter punishment.

Mutu's agent Victor Becali said: "Mutu will start a programme of psychological counselling in London, probably on Friday. This programme will be for one hour daily.

"He has understood what has happened to him and he is very co-operative. Mutu seems to be getting his normal attitude back after some very bad days."

The former Parma and Inter Milan striker will return to Stamford Bridge on Thursday for further talks over his future with the club.




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