Guer­rero Hits Out at Dop­ing Ban In­jus­tice

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LIMA (Dis­patches) - Peru cap­tain Paolo Guer­rero on Tues­day hit out the “in­jus­tice” of a 14-month dop­ing ban that has ended his dream of ap­pear­ing at the World Cup in Rus­sia.

“I’m a victim of in­jus­tice,” said Guer­rero in Lima Tues­day, a day af­ter the Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport (CAS) in Switzer­land in­creased a six-month ban for test­ing pos­i­tive for traces of co­caine to 14 months.

“I didn’t ex­pect it, I’m sad I won’t be play­ing. They’ve taken my dream away from me.”

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 less than a week af­ter he at­tended a CAS hear­ing in Lau­sanne hop­ing to to­tally an­nul a six-month sus­pen­sion, world sport’s top ar­bi­tra­tion court in­creased his sen­tence to 14 months.

Not only is Guer­rero ruled out of the World Cup, but the em­blem­atic skip­per will be side­lined un­til Jan­u­ary 2019.

“I’m sad but I’ve come here to face things, be­cause there have been a lot of ru­mours. I’m a victim of in­jus­tice,” Guer­rero said in Lima Tues­day where he was met by hun­dreds of well-wish­ers shout­ing his name and of­fer­ing mes­sages of support.

“I’m 100 per cent be­hind the team (Peru). In the good times, and the bad.”

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