Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Peru captain Paolo Guerrero to miss World Cup through increased drugs ban

Peru captain Paolo Guerrero to miss World Cup through increased drugs ban

Taking into account the circumstances of the case, the FIFA AC imposed a 6-month period of ineligibility on the Player, instead of the 1-year minimum suspension provided by the FIFA Anti-Doping Regulations, applicable in case of no significant fault or negligence.

"FIFPro is calling for an urgent meeting with FIFA after football player Paolo Guerrero was suspended for 14 months for accidentally ingesting a banned substance, preventing him from representing Peru at the World Cup", a statement from FIFPro read.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has upheld an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency to extend Guerrero's six-month Federation Internationale de Football Association ban, which expired this month.

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The footballer's ban lapsed this month, but on Monday (NZT Tuesday) the court ruled Guerrero would now serve a 14 months suspension - an "appropriate sanction in light of Mr Guerrero's degree of fault".

Guerrero, who will be unable to play until January, had tested positive for benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, after a World Cup qualifier against Argentina last October.

The extended ban, imposed after an appeal to CAS by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), means the 34-year-old will miss next month's World Cup where Peru have qualified for the first time in 36 years.

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Peru fans showed their support for him in Geneva.

Peruvian striker Paolo Guerrero is still analyzing legal options after a doping ban ruled him out of the World Cup.

The FIFA AC had considered that Mr Guerrero had been able to establish that the adverse analytical finding had been caused by the ingestion of a tea containing the prohibited substance.

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Two weeks ago, the former Bayern Munich player returned to play for his Brazilian club side Flamengo. They questioned the CAS's intentions for the ban despite admitting that Guerrero was not significantly negligent and his intention was not to enhance his performance. The three points helped Peru qualify for the playoffs- where they beat New Zealand to make it to Russia- at the expense of Chile. It ended on May 3, making Guerrero eligible to play at the June 14-July 15 World Cup in Russian Federation.

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