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Last Updated: Friday, 5 November, 2004, 07:32 GMT
Mutu in pledge to rebuild career
Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu arrives for the FA hearing
Adrian Mutu has vowed to rebuild his career after being handed a seven-month ban for failing a drugs test.

Former Chelsea star Mutu was suspended by the Football Association after a positive sample for a recreational drug, believed to be cocaine.

Professional Footballers Association chief executive Gordon Taylor offered the 25-year-old his support.

"He's now looking forward to getting his career back on track in top-class football after next May," said Taylor.

"He wants to restore his good name in the international football world and particularly in Romania."

Mutu was also fined 20,000, and his ban finishes after the end of the domestic season on 18 May.

This, in theory, could make him available for Romania's World Cup qualifiers against Holland on 4 June and Armenia on 8 June.

Indeed, Romania coach Anghel Iordanescu said: "I asked Mutu to come with us for training to feel that he is still part of national team of Romania."

Mutu's representative Gica Popescu told BBC Radio Five Live: "Adrian's reaction is very positive. He is happy the FA understood his situation and he is now looking forward to coming back stronger than he ever was.

"It has been a very difficult period for Adrian. He realises he made a big mistake, but his biggest mistake was not asking for any help.

"He is 100% ready for his rehabilitation programme. He's going to be stronger than before. He was very upset and confused, but now he's ok."

Mutu's former Chelsea team-mate Claude Makelele admitted he now faces a difficult time.

He said: "He is a good man and for him not to play football will be very difficult.

"He is a good player and a good striker, but to come back into football will be very tough for him."

Interview: Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele

Interview: Mutu's representative Gica Popescu

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