Fiorentina striker Mutu fails second drugs test

FIORENTINA striker Adrian Mutu is “worried but optimistic” following the announcement of his positive drug test, according to his agent.

The Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) announced yesterday that the Fiorentina striker had tested positive for sibutramine, an anti-obesity drug, after a Serie A game between Fiorentina and Bari on January 10.

“I have spoken to Adrian,” said Mutu’s agent Victor Becali.

“Clearly he is a little worried but we are optimistic. He will probably ask for analysis of the B sample.”

Mutu found out about his positive test while training with the team ahead of Sunday’s match at Napoli and left the ground early.

The 31-year-old could face a lengthy ban as this is his second failed drug test. In 2004, the he was sacked by Chelsea after testing positive for cocaine and was given a seven-month worldwide football ban. After his suspension, Mutu joined Juventus in January 2005 before moving to Fiorentina at the end of the following season.

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