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Mutu v Chelsea

I hope Mutu succeeds in his appeal.

No court of law (outside of the United States, with its own brand of justice), not even the High Court in England, would have awarded damages anywhere approaching the amount awarded by the Dispute Resolution Centre.

The entire basis for computing damages would appear to be wrong in law.

I’m surprised that the matter even went before the FIFA and is now going before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

As a contract between a player and an English club for him to play primarily in England, the High Court of England would have had jurisdiction (unless the contract expressly provided for arbitration by the CAS). I don’t see any benefit to players in agreeing to such a term in their contracts, but jurisdiction or arbitration clauses are not things that their agents, let alone the players, even look at. Agents get paid a lot for not doing very much to promote and protect the interests of the players they represent. Players often don’t know very much at all, for example, Robinho, in the haste to complete his transfer to Manchester City.

I hope that Mutu has further recourse to a proper court of law, but if there is an arbitration clause in his contract, he won’t have such recourse.


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