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Reports have confirmed that former Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu still owes the club £15.2m in compensation for failing a drug test after losing his latest appeal against the ruling.

Chelsea terminated the player’s contract in 2004 after he tested positive for cocaine and was handed a ban for seven months.

He was then ordered to pay damages to the Stamford Bridge outfit in 2009 by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in conformance with a FIFA ruling.

The player lost an appeal as the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) rejected his appeal against the decision made by CAS on Tuesday.

According to the court, Mutu’s right to a fair trial was not violated in any way.

The Club also confirmed they were still pursuing the player for payment of the damages after the hearing.

The club’s spokesman revealed: “We are exercising our legal remedies to recover the amounts owed to us and we will continue to do so”

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According to Mutu, CAS had toed the line of partiality and dependence in its ruling.

This was due to claims that one of the arbitrators had some partnership in a law firm who represented the interests of the club and the club owner.

Regardless, the ECHR concluded that there were no strong reasons to overrule the Swiss Federal Supreme Court which made a conclusion that Mutu’s allegations were unsubstantiated.

The Romanian was one of Abramovich’s big money signings on his arrival. Chelsea signed Mutu from Parma for £15.8m in August 2003.

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