Peru’s Guerrero Cleared To Play In World Cup After Cocaine Ban
01 June, 2018, 20:21 | Author: Candice Daniels
Guerrero's clearance to take part in the World Cup represents a massive boost to both the player and his country.
Switzerland's supreme court granted an interim order to freeze Guerrero's 14-month ban for a positive test for cocaine metabolites at a World Cup qualifying game.
The decision was warmly welcomed by the Peruvian football federation (FPF), which had given Guerrero support in recent months in a bid to get him to Russia for their first World Cup appearance in 36 years.
The court agreed on Thursday to temporarily lift a 14-month suspension, imposed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas), while it considered the 34-year-old striker's appeal. Peru will face France, Denmark and Australia in Group C.
In the latest twist to a long-running saga which has kept the Andean nation on tenterhooks, the Swiss Federal Tribunal acknowledged that it would be harsh for Guerrero to miss what is likely to be his only chance to play at the tournament.
Guerrero has released a statement, saying, "There are no limits". 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.
She also noted a possible negative effect on Guerrero's teammates of being deprived of their "emblematic" captain.
The verdict came four days ahead of FIFA's Monday deadline for Peru to finalise its 23-man World Cup squad.
The case has attracted widespread attention in the build-up to the tournament, with Guerrero claiming he ingested the banned substance after drinking an aromatic tea made from coca leaves.
The ban, backdated to November, was reduced to six months less than two weeks later after the player protested to FIFA's Appeal Committee, meaning he was eligible for the World Cup which starts next month. He then returned to play for Brazilian club Flamengo.
Guerrero said in a statement issued by his lawyer that "justice has been done, at least partially", and said he would continue the fight to clear his name.
CAS decided not to contest Guerrero's final appeal. Federal judges can intervene if they suspect abuse of legal process.
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