Adrian Mutu's appeal against an order to pay former club Chelsea 17million euros in damages has been rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The Romania international, who is now at Fiorentina, was ordered to pay the sum by FIFA last year after he was fired by the English Premier League giants in 2004 for testing positive for cocaine.
Mutu appealed against the ruling, claiming the amount of money was not justified, but that has been rejected.
"The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed the appeal filed by the Romanian football player, Adrian Mutu, against the decision rendered by the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) on 7th May 2008 in which he was ordered to pay €17,173,990 in compensation to his former club, Chelsea FC,for breach of contract," read a statement.
Chelsea terminated Mutu's contract in October 2004, one year after he had joined the London club from Parma.
Since leaving Chelsea, the 30-year-old has rebuilt his career, first at Juventus, who he signed for in 2005 despite serving a seven-month ban for the cocaine offence, and since 2006 at Fiorentina.
Mutu's fine was based on lost earnings and was calculated on the length of time his contract had left to run. It was the highest ever handed down by FIFA.
Source: Sky Sports