NEW DELHI: Former Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu has failed to obtain an Indian visa after being turned away by their embassy in Bucharest for being drunk.
Mutu, 35, has signed a three-month deal to play for FC Pune City in the newly-formed Indian Super League, but his arrival in the country has now been delayed, according to reports in Gazzetta dello Sport. The former Romania international reportedly arrived ‘visibly drunk’ at the embassy and threatened staff.
Mutu is no stranger to controversy having been sacked by Chelsea in 2004 after testing positive for cocaine. He also received a nine-month ban – later reduced to six months – during his time with Serie A club Fiorentina for failing a doping test.
In August 2011, Mutu and Romanian team-mate Gabriel Tamas were banned from the national team after they were spotted drinking in a bar while their team-mates played against San Marino. He was reinstated to the national team, but was banned once again in 2013 after posting a picture of manager Victor Piturca as Mr Bean.
Pune City will compete in their first ever match later today against a Dehli Dynamos side that contains former Italian international Alessandro Del Piero, in what will be their first ever ISL match.
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