Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Disgraced Mutu Had to Leave

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Disgraced Mutu Had to Leave

Article excerpt

COCAINE is God's way of saying you are making too much money, joked Robin Williams.

You can't help thinking that this applies in the case of Adrian Mutu, a celebrity Chelsea footballer on [pounds sterling]60,000 a week. His case threw up a big dilemma for Chelsea.

What do you do with a player in this situation?

Sack him or back him?

Mutu's cocaine exploits have dragged the club through the mud. By sacking the Romanian striker Chelsea have drawn a line in the sand, so to speak. They have effectively said there is zero tolerance for drug abuse at the club.

Perhaps Chelsea should go the whole hog and include an amendment in manager Jose Mourinho's famous rule book for players: take drugs and you will be kicked out.

The government has a strong anti-drug message in its schools. Head teachers now have the authority to test pupils for drugs and they can expel them. So, surely Chelsea were right to expel Mutu.

It would be naive to think that most footballers are role models. …

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