Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Peru captain Guerrero to miss World Cup due to drugs ban

Peru captain Guerrero to miss World Cup due to drugs ban

"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.

He had tested positive for benzoylecgonine in October past year during their qualifying game against Argentina.

Given this summer will be Peru's first World Cup since 1982 and that Guerrero is 34, the achievement of securing a World Cup berth was made all the more valuable-and the disappointment of not being able to go all the more painful.

Peru Paolo Guerrero has been banned from the World Cup for doping.

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.

"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".

Both the Player and WADA filed appeals at the CAS.

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"This is very hard for me", the player said in a recorded message broadcast on Peru's Canal N.

It is the second ruling from sport's highest court that has weighed heavily on Peru's first World Cup appearance in 36 years.

"FIFPro considers the ban unfair and disproportionate, and the latest example of a World Anti Doping code that too often leads to inappropriate sanctions, especially when it has been established that there was no intent to cheat", it said.

"This is a very dark hour, dark due to what I'm going through, but I want to reiterate to my country, to my people, that I have never taken any kind of drugs".

Guerrero had played two games for his Brazilian club Flamengo, scoring in Sunday's 3-2 defeat against Chapecoense in the Brazilian championship, between the end of his original ban and the CAS verdict on Monday.

CAS accepted he did not intend to enhance his performance but ruled that Guerrero bore "some fault or negligence, even if it was not significant".

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