Peru captain Paolo Guerrero banned from World Cup in doping case

Paolo Guerrero

Paolo Guerrero

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.

Peru captain Paolo Guerrero has seen his World Cup dream crushed after having his doping ban lengthened.

He arrived at a CAS hearing last week flanked by lawyers to be met by around 30 flag-waving well-wishers and supporters shouting "You can do it, Paolo!"

The World Anti-Doping Agency appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which imposed the 14-month ban.

Guerrero tested positive for benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, at a World Cup qualifying game against Argentina in October.

"Both FIFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport agreed Guerrero did not knowingly ingest the substance and that there was no performance-enhancing effect".

Guerrero was initially banned for 12 months, but that suspension was halved by Fifa's appeal committee.


But WADA effectively retaliated, appealing to CAS to uphold their original sanction. A fan said that he had been looking forward to the World Cup, but with Guerrero's ban, there was nothing to be excited about anymore.

Guerrero, who has denied wrongdoing throughout, had also appealed to CAS to request the ban be annulled altogether.

But his solicitors argued that the drug was not a performance-enhancing substance and had been ingested accidentally, by means of "contaminated tea".

"WADA, on the other hand, had requested that the Federation Internationale de Football Association decision be set aside and that Paolo Guerrero be sanctioned with a period of ineligibility between 1 and 2 years with an expressed preference for 22 months".

Guerrero - of Bayern Munich, Hamburg and Corinthians fame - is Peru's all-time leading goalscorer with a record of 32 strikes in 86 appearances.

CAS said that Guerrero bore "some fault or negligence, even if it was not significant, and that he could have taken some measures to prevent him from committing an anti-doping violation".

This is the second ruling by CAS that has a huge impact on Peru's 2018 World Cup journey.

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