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
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
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.