CAS Panel imposes 14-month period of ineligibility on Paolo Guerrero

Peru captain Guerrero to miss World Cup after doping ban increased

Peru captain Guerrero to miss World Cup after doping ban increased

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.

The global footballers' union wants FIFA's help to review anti-doping rules after Guerrero was banned from the World Cup for a positive test for cocaine caused by contaminated tea.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport refused to overturn a ban on Paolo Guerrero, who tested positive for benzoylecgonine - a metabolite of cocaine - at a World Cup qualifying game against Argentina in October.

"Considering that, in case of no significant fault or negligence, the sanction should, in accordance with the applicable Federation Internationale de Football Association rules, be in the range of one to two years of suspension, the CAS panel considered that the appropriate sanction would be 14 months in light of the Mr Guerrero's degree of fault".

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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.

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

In December, FIFA handed him a 12-month ban, ruling him out of the World Cup, but that was cut to six months on appeal a few days later, freeing him to play in the tournament.

News of extension of the ban was not well received among Peru fans.

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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".

Guerrero has 32 goals for his country in 86 appearances. The first one was being awarded a default win over their opponents, Bolivia, who were found guilty of fielding an ineligible player.

"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. Without the three extra points, Peru would have fallen below Chile and Paraguay in the standings and out of contention.

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