Adrian Mutu barred from Fiorentina training

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Adrian Mutu's spell with Fiorentina appears to be over as his troubled career took another turn for the worse today.

The club have barred the Romanian forward from training and he now looks certain to leave Florence.

The decision comes after Mutu walked out of training on Wednesday after a meeting between his agent and the club broke down.

Mutu arrived as normal today, but was told to leave.

"Fiorentina has provided for the immediate expulsion of the player Adrian Mutu from training and preparation, following his serious and retaliatory failure to perform his contractual obligations, causing serious competitive and economic harm to the club, and showing disrespect," said a club statement.

Fiorentina could now sue Mutu for breach of contract, which would come as another heavy blow for a player still fighting a decision from the Court of Arbitration for Sport that he owes Chelsea 17million euros after the club sacked him for failing a drugs test.

Controversy hit Mutu again last January, when he failed a doping test to earn a nine-month ban.

He has played only six games this season, scoring one goal.