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Last Updated: Monday, 30 April 2007, 22:05 GMT 23:05 UK
Chelsea win key judgement on Mutu
By Mihir Bose
BBC sports editor

Adrian Mutu
Chelsea will now be able to pursue compensation for Mutu
Chelsea may be able to revive their plans to sue former player Adrian Mutu after winning a key appeal in their battle for compensation.

Chelsea sacked the striker after he was found guilty of drug-taking in 2004.

And the BBC has learnt Chelsea have won an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport against Fifa's decision they were not entitled to compensation.

Chelsea will decide upon their next step after the judgement is delivered, which is expected to be next week.

The Premiership champions might not only seek to get money back from Mutu, but also from Juventus, who signed the Romanian on a five-year contract after his sacking and before his suspension for drug taking had ended.

Chelsea felt Mutu had brought about his own downfall and wanted to recover the money they had lost on his transfer fee and wages.

The Premier League backed Chelsea's view, but world governing body Fifa turned the club down. Chelsea have now succeeded in their appeal against that verdict.

In 2005, Mutu lost an appeal to CAS against his sacking by Chelsea.



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