Lausanne, Switzerland:Sport's highest court has ruled that FIFA should decide what compensation Adrian Mutu must pay Chelsea for breaching his contract by taking cocaine.
Chelsea fired Mutu in October 2004 after he tested positive for cocaine in an out-of-competition check.
FIFA asserted in 2006 that it did not have the power to decide what sanctions to impose upon the Romania striker, but the London club appealed against the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
CAS announced on Tuesday that it had referred the matter back to FIFA for a final ruling on the amount owed.
England's Football Association suspended Mutu from all soccer for seven months after his positive test and the country's Premier League ruled that Mutu's misconduct was a unilateral breach of contract without just cause.
In December 2005, a different CAS panel dismissed an appeal filed by Mutu against the Premier League's decision.
Mutu had joined Italy's Juventus by the time Chelsea sought compensation.
The $14.2 million claim was based on the transfer value of Mutu, who now plays for Fiorentina.