We’ve all heard about Lance Armstrong’s confession by now. Yes, he did dope to win the Tour de France. It’s a big deal for him and his PR team is going to have to deal with hell for a while, but doping is no new issue, and it’s not a phenomenon that’s only present in U.S. athletes. In fact, if we look at a worldwide sport such as soccer, there have been dopers there too. Take, for instance, Adrian Mutu.
A few years back, Adrian Mutu was ordered to pay Chelsea £14.3 million in compensation after losing his final appeal in the Swiss Federal Court. Chelsea terminated the Romanian’s contract after he tested positive for cocaine use in 2004 even though he still had almost four years to run in his contract. Mutu then moved to Italy and spent time with Juventus and Fiorentina, but then served a nine-month doping ban in Italy after testing positive twice for the banned stimulant sibutramine.