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FIFPro calls for football doping reforms after Guerrero banned for World Cup

Peru captain Guerrero to miss World Cup after doping ban increased WORLD CUP 2018 Peru captain Guerrero to miss World Cup after doping ban increased ERNESTO BENAVIDES AFP
Ben Pena | 16 May, 2018, 01:20

CAS have today confirmed, however, that they have partially upheld the appeal filed by WADA against the decision issued by the FIFA Appeal Committee and banned the 34-year-old for 14 months, backdated to the start of his six-month ban, meaning he has a further eight months to serve.

Guerrero's absence will be a huge blow for Peru who have qualified for their first World Cup in 36 years and face Denmark, France and Australia.

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

Wada wanted the suspension to be increased to two years, but Guerrero also appealed in the hope it would be annulled.

Peru captain Paolo Guerrero has been ruled out of the World Cup after a doping ban was increased from six months to 14 by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), Brazilian television network Globo said on its website on Monday.

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

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The Dutch-based union pointed out the CAS itself had accepted that Peru's all-time leading scorer did not intend to enhance performance and had not knowingly ingested the substance.

In December, FIFA handed Guerrero a 12-month ban, ruling him out of the World Cup.

"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".

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

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".

Two weeks ago, the former Bayern Munich striker returned to play for his Brazilian club side Flamengo. The first one was being awarded a default win over their opponents, Bolivia, who were found guilty of fielding an ineligible player.

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