Source Pravda.Ru

Chelsea considered Adrian Mutu got off too easily

Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon feels the Football Association has not sufficiently punished their sacked star Adrian Mutu for failing a drugs test.

Mutu was banned for seven months but Kenyon said: "&to=http:// english.pravda.ru/world/20/91/365/10397_abramovich.html ' target=_blank>Chelsea are disappointed. We believe it is far too lenient.

"It sends out the wrong message about drugs in football and is indicative of a lack of direction within the FA.

"In this case we believe the FA has shown itself to be weak over the issue of drugs", reports BBC Sport.

According to the Fox Sports, Mutu tested positive for cocaine, a banned substance, in September although he later denied that was the drug involved.

In a statement, following a disciplinary hearing at their London headquarters, the &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/world/2000/10/31/586.html ' target=_blank>Football Association said: "Adrian Mutu has been suspended for seven months, subject to the player successfully completing a programme of education and rehabilitation.

"He was also fined $48,000 and will be subject to target testing throughout the period of the suspension."

The 25-year-old Romania captain saw his ban backdated to the period already served under an interim suspension order beginning on October 25. His ban will now run until May 18, 2005.

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