Blues chasing Mutu compensation

Celtic have cut the price of an adult season ticket by ?100 for

the 2013/2014 campaign.

The Scottish champions took the decision to allow their fans to

benefit financially after what they described as a ‘positive year

on and off the field for the club’.

Neil Lennon’s side reached the last 16 of the UEFA Champions

League, including a home victory over Barcelona, retained their SPL

title and have a Scottish Cup final date to look forward to next


Chief executive Peter Lawwell said: “Celtic has enjoyed a

wonderful title-winning 125th birthday season and I congratulate

Neil and the players for all they have done.

“We have now won back to back SPL titles, secured a Scottish Cup

final place and have put Scottish football back on the map at the

highest level, as one of the top 16 clubs in European football.

“Such a run of success has led to a very positive year off the

field for the club and we wanted to make sure that our fans share

in this success.

“The backing of our fans has, as ever, been crucial.

Domestically and in Europe they have once again been right with us

and we felt it important that we rewarded their commitment by

making this gesture.

“Our foundations are strong, we have real stability and we look

ahead to a bright future for the club with absolute


Celtic have also introduced a number of measures to attract

younger fans to Parkhead, including an improved family stand area

and a new facility and viewing area for disabled supporters.

Along with the cheaper adult season books, Celtic have pitched

tickets for under-18s in three brackets – U13s = ?50 (?2.38 per

match), 13-16 years ?105 (?5 per match) and 17-18 years ?186 (?8.86

per match).

Romania international Mutu was sacked by Chelsea after testing

positive for cocaine in 2004 and the club have been on a nine-year

battle to reclaim the money they lost in signing him.

After serving a seven-month ban Mutu went on to sign for

Juventus via Italian side Livorno – who acted as an intermediary

because at the time Juventus had filled their quota of overseas


The Swiss courts have ordered Mutu to pay compensation of

17.2million euros (?14.5m) to Chelsea but he has still not paid up,

and the club is now pursuing legal action against Juventus and

Livorno, holding them to be liable for payment because they signed

him for nothing.

Chelsea had paid ?15.8million to sign him from Parma and

Juventus went on to sell him for ?6million to Fiorentina.The case

is being held before FIFA’s dispute resolution chamber in Zurich

this week.

A Chelsea spokesman said: “We are exercising our legal remedies

to recover the amounts owed to us and we will continue to do


Chelsea have also taken legal steps to try to claim three

properties bought by Mutu in Miami worth several million points in


Mutu, who is aged 34, currently plays in France’s Ligue 1 for

Corsican side Ajaccio. He has said he intends to retire at the end

of next season.