Chelsea's legal action for €22m over the transfer of Adrian Mutu has been successfully appealed against, clearing Juventus and Livorno of the bill.
The Blues had taken legal action against the player over the controversies relating to his transfer to Juventus in 2005, and the charge of €17.7m – incremented to €22m due to interest – was turned over to the Bianconeri and Livorno when the player himself was unable to pay.
However, the Old Lady has released a statement today confirming reports that Chelsea's legal request has now been denied.
“Following the news that circulated in the last few hours, Juventus Football Club S.p.A. confirms that the Court of Arbitration for Sport has revised the decision regarding the case that pitted Chelsea F.C. against Juventus over the transfer of Adrian Mutu,” Juve’s release reads on their website.
“The tribunal rejected in full the requests put forward by Chelsea F.C., charging the same club with paying the expenses for the trial.
“This ruling has no effect on the financial balance of Juventus Football Club S.p.A. because the club, fully aware of being in the right, chose not to allow for any risk in funds over the developing litigation.”
The Gazzetta dello Sport report that Juventus and Livorno’s argument was based on having only picked up the player’s registration a full three months after his sacking by Chelsea.