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ISL: Controversial Pune striker misses match after 'visibly drunk'

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ISL: Controversial 'drunk' Pune striker misses match
New Delhi, Oct 15: Controversial Romanian striker Adrian Mutu missed FC Pune City's opening Indian Super League (ISL) football match last night as his visa formalities were delayed after he turned up at the Indian embassy in Bucharest 'visibly drunk', according to media reports.

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According to a media report in Romania, which was quoted in the Italian newspaper "Gazzetta dello Sport", the 35-year-old arrived at the Indian embassy "visibly drunk" and had an "altercation" with the officials.

The match on Tuesday night (October 14) in Delhi, ended in a 0-0 draw.

The Indian embassy officials in the Romanian capital city Bucharest sent back Mutu and asked him to come back when he was "sober", the report said.

The British media too reported Mutu's intoxicated behaviour quoting the Italian newspaper's report.

Mutu, however, denied this and tweeted a picture of his Indian visa page last night.

The Romanian is not new to controversy. The former Chelsea star was banned from the national team in 2011 when he and his team-mate Gabriel Tama were found drinking in a bar while the rest of the team played a friendly match.

Also in 2011, he was banned again by Romania after posting an image of national team manager Victor Piturca as TV character Mr. Bean, on Facebook.

In 2004, he was sacked by Chelsea for 7 months and fined 20,000 Pounds after failing a dope test for cocaine. And again in 2010, he served a 9-month ban after failing a dope test while playing for Fiorentina in Italy.

OneIndia News

Story first published: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 12:31 [IST]
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