Players' union says Guerrero cocaine ban is unfair and disproportionate

Lynette PayneMay 16, 2018

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.

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!"

FIFPro says a 14-month ban barring the 34-year-old Guerrero from his World Cup debut is 'unfair and disproportionate'.

The CAS chose to increase Mr Guerrero's suspension from 6 to 14 months, starting today, with the period of provisional suspension of 6 months already served by Mr Guerrero being credited against the total period of ineligibility to be served.

Guerrero was initially banned for one year in December after testing positive for cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine after his country's 0-0 draw in their World Cup qualifier against Argentina in Buenos Aires on October 6.

The CAS panel confirmed the existence of an ADRV [anti-doping rule violation] committed by Mr Guerrero, but also accepted that he did not attempt to enhance his performance by ingesting the prohibited substance.

Peru beat New Zealand over two legs in a play-off in November to qualify for the World Cup, their first appearance at the tournament since 1982.

Guerrero's appeal against the ban was upheld.

Peru captain Paolo Guerrero will miss this summer's World Cup through suspension.

But WADA lodged an appeal - alongside another from Guerrero seeking to quash his sanction altogether - requesting the Federation Internationale de Football Association decision was set aside and a ban of one to two years implemented.

Two weeks ago, the former Bayern Munich striker returned to play for his Brazilian club side Flamengo.

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

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