Lausanne, Switzerland:Sport's highest court of appeal has ordered Adrian Mutu to pay his former club Chelsea euro17.2 million (US$24.2 million) compensation after it fired him for using cocaine.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling on Friday was a stunning defeat for the Romania striker who appealed a FIFA decision last August to award Chelsea the record sum in damages for a football dispute.
Mutu was fired in October 2004 after testing positive for cocaine and was banned from football worldwide for seven months.
Chelsea had paid 15 million pounds (now $24.7 million; euro17.6 million) to sign Mutu from Parma in 2003.
But it got nothing when Mutu joined Juventus as a free agent after serving his ban.
The 30-year-old Mutu now plays for Fiorentina.