posted on Nov, 4 2004 @ 02:08 PM
Chelsea have accused the FA of being "weak on the issue of drugs" after Adrian Mutu was handed a seven-month ban following his positive drugs test.
Mutu, who was also fined £20,000, must first complete a programme of "education and rehabilitation" before he can hope to rebuild his career.
He will also be target-tested during his suspension, which was backdated to start on October 25 and will expire at the end of the current domestic
campaign on May 18, 2005.
However, that is shorter than the nine months previously handed out to Mark Bosnich, although the Australian refused to accept his guilt in a similar
case, as well as the eight months given to Rio Ferdinand for missing a test.
At least in theory it leaves the Romania captain available for his country's World Cup qualifiers against Holland on June 4 and Armenia on June 8,
even if he would be desperately short of match-fitness.