Kenyon defiant over Mutu
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Peter Kenyon has hit back at criticism of the club's handling of Adrian Mutu.Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon has hit back at those who have criticised the club's handling of Adrian Mutu's failed drugs test.
The West London outfit acted swiftly to dismiss the Romanian striker but despite being applauded by many for their actions, several other parties have condemned their stance.
In dismissing Mutu, Chelsea followed their own precedent having sacked Mark Bosnich for the same offence in a previous instance.
However, both the player and PFA chairman Gordon Taylor have been vocal in their criticism of the haste in which Chelsea have acted.
Mutu has claimed that he is considering quitting football following his ordeal, while Taylor has accused the club of having a clear agenda behind their decision.
Despite Taylor's view that ''hidden agendas'' were already in place before the failed test, Kenyon is defiant in his defence of the club's policy.
The former Manchester United chief insists the club offered Mutu continued support, but that the player chose to take the path he did.
Kenyon said: ''The support was there for Adrian Mutu but he chose to ignore it and lie.
''As a consequence of that, the rules are quite simple.
''To suggest there was no support because we wanted to get rid of him is absolute rubbish.
''We could have taken the decision in the summer to move Adrian out and get some transfer fee for him.
''Instead we embraced him and wanted him to be part of our squad.
''We are absolutely confident that is no problem with drug-taking at Chelsea.''
Kenyon was also quick to label reports of a potential move for Mutu from Arsenal as ''mischief making'' despite Arsene Wenger's admission that he would speak to the player once he had served his suspension.
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