Pres­i­dent of Peru backs Guer­rero over World Cup dop­ing ban

The Borneo Post - - SPORT -

LIMA: The pres­i­dent of Peru Martin Viz­carra has said he sup­ports team cap­tain Paolo Guer­rero’s bat­tle to play at the 2018 World Cup and will help his bid to over­turn a dop­ing ban.

Guer­rero was slapped with a 14-month ban on Mon­day by the Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport (CAS) in Switzer­land over dop­ing and will miss the June 14- July 15 World Cup in Russia.

Peru’s head of state an­nounced Wed­nes­day that Guer­rero would file an ap­peal with the Fed­eral Court in Switzer­land to fight the ban.

Viz­carra told a press con­fer­ence the player and his lawyers “will ap­peal to the Swiss fed­eral court, in­di­cat­ing that the ( CAS) rul­ing did not re­spect guar­an­tees of due process and de­mand­ing its an­nul­ment”.

He said the Peru­vian em­bassy in Switzer­land “will sup­port the ini­tia­tives of the de­fence of Guer­rero be­fore the Swiss fed­eral court to over­turn the sus­pen­sion”.

Guer­rero, who plays as a striker for Brazil­ian gi­ants Fla­mengo, had been in­cluded in Peru’s pre­lim­i­nary 25-man World Cup squad an­nounced on Sun­day.

But on Mon­day CAS, hear­ing an ap­peal from the player against a six-month ban for test­ing pos­i­tive for traces of co­caine, in­creased the sus­pen­sion to 14 months, rul­ing him out of the World Cup and sidelin­ing him un­til Jan­uary 2019.

Guer­rero was ini­tially banned for one year af­ter traces of the drug, which is on the banned list of the World Anti-Dop­ing Agency, were found in a sam­ple fol­low­ing a World Cup qual­i­fier against Ar­gentina on Oct 5 last year.

World football’s rul­ing body FIFA re­duced the ban to six months on ap­peal last De­cem­ber.

That ban ended on May 3, mak­ing Guer­rero el­i­gi­ble to play at the June 14- July 15 World Cup in Russia. — AFP

Peru’s football team head coach, Ar­gen­tine Ricardo Gareca, speaks dur­ing a press con­fer­ence fol­low­ing the FIFA Dis­ci­plinary Com­mit­tee 14-month sus­pen­sion on Peru­vian team cap­tain Paolo Guer­rero and to an­nounce a pro­vi­sional ros­ter for the World Cupin...

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