Peru's captain to face Socceroos at World Cup after cocaine ban overturned

Peru's captain to face Socceroos at World Cup after cocaine ban overturned

Peru's captain to face Socceroos at World Cup after cocaine ban overturned

He argued at two Federation Internationale de Football Association hearings, and his appeal to CAS, that the stimulant did not offer chemical help to his performance and was accidentally consumed.

In December 2017, FIFA banned Guerrero for one year for failing a doping test with the FIFA Appeal Committee later reducing the sanction to six months. Aside from appealing and pleading his case, Guerrero also received support from players Peru will face this summer from the national teams of Australia, France and Denmark, while also getting support from stars like Luis Suarez. CAS has already said it would "not object" a federal judge freezing the ban, so it looks like there should not be any more telenovela-like surprises. But a Swiss court has now given Guerrero permission to play.

"There are no limits", said Peru's all-time leading scorer, who previously played for Bayern Munich.

Sport's top arbitration court responded by increasing the reduced six-month ban to 14 months.

"Both FIFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport agreed that Guerrero did not intend to cheat".

Guerrero's urgent request to the federal court was backed by Peru's Government and a wave of emotional support at home from fans believing he is key to the nation's first World Cup appearance in 36 years.

But instead of accepting the ruling, Guerrero appealed to CAS in a bid to clear his name.

That effectively ruled him out of action until January 2019, and Guerrero was suspended by his Brazilian club, Flamengo.

Paolo Guerrero has also filed an urgent request for a stay of the execution of the suspension in order to be able to participate in the forthcoming FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

Earlier on Thursday (Friday NZT), CAS - which based less than a kilometre from the federal court in Lausanne - issued a statement saying it would not object if Guerrero was cleared to play in Russian Federation.

CAS decided not to contest Guerrero's final appeal.

CAS initially upheld an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and increased the length of the ban, which would have made him miss the World Cup - Peru's first participation since 1982.

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