Yearbook of International Sports Arbitration 2015

pp 155-168


CAS 2013/A/3365 Juventus FC v. Chelsea FC and CAS 2013/A/3366 A.S. Livorno Calcio S.p.A. v. Chelsea FC, Award of 21 January 2015

  • Antoine DuvalAffiliated withT.M.C ASSER Institute for European and International Law Email author 

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On 21 January 2015, the CAS rendered its award in the latest episode of the Mutu case. The core legal question raised concerned the interpretation of Article 14(3) of the FIFA RSTP, in their 2001 version, and more precisely whether, in the event a player is dismissed by his club for having consumed cocaine, the new club bears the duty to pay the compensation due by the player to his former club. Having won one of the most high profile cases in the history of the CAS, Chelsea FC has been desperately hunting for its money (as far as the US) since the rendering of the award. Thus, the English football club had the idea to turn against Mutu’s first employers after his dismissal in 2005, Juventus and Livorno, with success in front of the FIFA DRC, but, as we will see, not before the CAS. This award is extremely important for lawyers involved in disputes arising out of transfers in football as it provides a robust justification for the need to take into account the EU law context of the adoption of the FIFA RSTP in interpreting their provisions.


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