I didn't know where else to post this (Serie A thread perhaps?) so I'll just post this here.
Essentially I just wanted to open a discussion regarding all the controversy surrounding Adrian Mutu at the moment.
Reports say he either has to pay Chelsea just under 18 million euros in damages for the breach of his contract when he tested positive to cocaine, or retire from football.
Personally I don't know what to make of this situation.
Yes he breached his contract, and if I were part of the Chelsea management hierarchy I'd be really pissed off that my expensive signing went and took cocaine.
Nevertheless, it does seem incredibly harsh to sentence an individual to pay such an amount. Yet it's not as if Parma, Fiorentina or Juventus have any responsibility in the actions of the player and can't be blamed whatsoever either.
Apparently the FIGC are appealing to the Italian government to intervene somehow but I don't see that as a realistic avenue.
I won't leave my judgment, I don't understand well enough the happenings to confidently state "I think this should happen:......"