Peru Captain Banned From World Cup

  • Peru Captain Banned From World Cup

Peru Captain Banned From World Cup

As a result, the suspension was halved to six months by FIFA's appeal committee, however the Court of Arbitration for Sport increased his sentence to a 14-month ban.

The doping ban that will prevent Peru captain Paolo Guerrero of his long-awaited chance to play at the World Cup is unfair and defies common sense, the world players' union FIFPro said on Tuesday.

The former Bayern Munich striker was previously set to lead his country to their first World Cup final since 1982 following the reduction of his suspension for a positive doping test.

Announcing the extension of the ban now ending in January 2019, CAS said it was the most appropriate course of action considering Guerrero's degree of fault in the matter.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has partially upheld the appeal filed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) against the decision issued by the FIFA Appeal Committee (the FIFA AC) on 20 December 2017 (the FIFA AC Decision) in which a 6-month period of ineligibility was imposed on the Peruvian football player Paolo Guerrero further to an anti-doping rule violation (presence of Benzoylecgonine metabolites).

Just hours after being named in the country's initial squad for Russian Federation, anti-doping authorities got their way by successfully appealing to get the ban increased.

Having completed the suspension and played two matches for his club Flamengo, Guerrero was handed the extended ban by CAS on Monday.

Peru fans showed their support for him in Geneva.

The ban, backdated to November, was reduced to six months less than two weeks later after the player protested to FIFA's appeal committee, meaning he was eligible for the World Cup.

Despite acknowledging Guerrero had no intention of taking a banned substance - his lawyer argued the stimulant was consumed by drinking contaminated tea - CAS ruled in line with WADA's wishes.

Guerrero has scored 32 goals for his nation and helped the Peruvian national team finish third in the 2011 and 2015 Copa Americas when he was leading scorer in both contests.