Mutu's agent slams Chelsea

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Adrian Mutu's agent has blasted Chelsea for failing to support the sacked striker over his drugs problem.

The Romanian international had his contract terminated on Friday for testing positive for an illegal substance back in September.

Mutu's representative Gica Popescu is unhappy at how the player has been treated by Chelsea.

"Adrian knows he made a big mistake. The biggest mistake he made was not to ask for help," said Popescu.

"He did that after the test - and everybody tried to help him, such as the PFA and The FA. The only side who did not try to help him was Chelsea."

Meanwhile, Chelsea have hit back at criticism from Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor over their sacking of Mutu.

Taylor feels the West London club did not follow correct procedures, but Chelsea insist Taylor's criticisms are wide of the mark.

"Gordon Taylor is entitled to his opinion. However, much of it is based on inaccuracies and these are the facts," read a club statement.

"Firstly, Chelsea have not used any information from any informal meeting in order to terminate Adrian Mutu's contract.

"No informal meetings have taken place with Adrian Mutu. All meetings that have taken place with Adrian Mutu and/or his advisors have been official meetings dealt with in accordance with official club procedure - which is recognised by all the bodies in football.

"On all other matters in this case, correct procedure has been followed to the letter and, in fact, we have checked that procedure with numerous bodies in football, including the PFA.

"As for the idea that our decision will somehow prejudice any FA hearing, it is clear that this is an employment issue and that the FA hearing is a disciplinary issue.

"The two are totally independent of each other. We have made no comment with regard to the FA procedure. Until today, we have made no comment at all about the case.

"And we note that it was the chief executive of the PFA who confirmed publicly, for the first time, both the identity of the player who failed this particular drugs test and the drug used."