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The AIC member has suggested that the Bianconeri could face charges in the dispute between the Fiorentina ace and Chelsea.

Fiorentina striker Adrian Mutu has been ordered to pay €17 million in compensation to Premier League giants Chelsea, and FIFA could bring his career to an abrupt end if he doesn’t pay the full sum, but the Romanian has now received some more welcome backing.

The 30-year-old was sacked by the London club after failing a drugs test in 2004 and went on to sign for Turin club Juventus as a free agent, and the Italian Players’ Association (AIC) vice president, Leonardo Grosso, believes the Bianconeri could get sucked into the case.

“We will fight for Mutu because we feel it is unjust that a player has to pay such an abnormal sum,” he explained in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“And also because we are perplexed that Juve were not involved: an article of the FIFA rules contemplates joint and several liability, that is the liability of the club for which the player was registered after Chelsea.”

Fiorentina and the Italian Football Federation, along with the AIC, have all pledged to stand by Mutu, who is considering taking the matter to the Swiss Federal Tribunal, which could reverse the sentence on procedural grounds. The deadline to lodge an appeal is set for September 15.

Vince Masiello,