5/14/2018 7:55:45 PM (GMT+3)

CAS extends ban on Peru captain Guerrero

CAS extends ban on Peru captain Guerrero

NEW DELHI: Peru will miss their captain Paolo Guerrero in their first FIFA World Cup after 1982 after the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency to extend Guerrero’s six-month FIFA ban, which expired this month.

The 34-year-old was set to lead his country in Russia next month, but now that dream has been dashed.

Guerrero was banned from playing at the World Cup because of a positive doping test and the CAS said he will be banned for 14 months, until January.

"Both the Player and WADA filed appeals at the CAS. Paolo Guerrero sought to have the FIFA AC Decision set aside and replaced by a new decision in which no sanction was imposed on him. WADA, on the other hand, had requested that the FIFA AC 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. Two arbitration procedures were registered by the CAS which were consolidated and referred to the same Panel of arbitrators who held a hearing with the parties at the CAS Headquarters in Lausanne on May 3," CAS said in a statement on their website on Monday.

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

His lawyers argued the stimulant had not been performance enhancing, and was accidentally consumed in contaminated tea.

Interestingly, Guerrero becomes the first player to be banned from this year’s World Cup without kicking a ball.