Troubled striker Adrian Mutu - formerly of Fiorentina, now at Cesena - has been expelled from the Romanian national team for life after spending a night drinking with a teammate ahead of a friendly against San Marino, according to coach Victor Piturca. West Bromwich defender Gabriel Tamas, who was with the Cesena striker at the time, shared the same fate, Piturca said late Wednesday after Romania beat San Marino 1-0. The expulsions come less than a month before Romania resume their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign against Luxemburg on September 2nd and France four days later.
"The two players have been expelled for life from the national team", Piturca stressed. "It’s a pity but the rules are strict and they should have known it," he added.The local media reported that Mutu and Tamas, who had been involved in drinking bouts before, had gone out partying on Monday evening despite strict orders from the coach.
"We understand Piturca’s decision," Mutu was quoted as saying.
Nicknamed “The Brilliant” by Romanian fans, Mutu was suspended for cocaine use in 2004 and still owes 17.2 million euros in damages to Chelsea, his club at the time.In January 2010, he was banned for nine months by la Viola after he failed anti-doping tests. When he returned in October, he was involved in a bar brawl and was almost forced to leave Fiorentina due to his poor attitude in training. Last month he joined Cesena and declared that he had come “to set an example and help the team progress”.
Sadly, this incident, it seems, is only the latest in a long line of unfortunate episodes for Adrian.