Paolo Guerrero Cleared to Play World Cup

Paolo Guerrero Cleared to Play World Cup

Paolo Guerrero Cleared to Play World Cup

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.

Guerrero was banned after testing positive for benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, following Peru's World Cup qualifier with Argentina in October past year, though he claimed this was unintentional and was the result of taking a herbal remedy.

A Swiss tribunal has now ruled that the extension was "unjustified" and is "provisionally deprived of effect", leaving Guerrero free to play in Russian Federation.

'As a result, Paolo Guerrero can take part in the next World Cup, ' the federal court said.

"This decision does justice, at least partially, and I'm grateful to the Swiss court", said Guerrero, who has not formally been cleared of doping and could yet serve the remainder of his ban.

"Gianni Infantino expressed his deep understanding of Guerrero's disappointment in not being able to join the Peruvian squad at the 2018 FIFA World Cup", said a short FIFA statement last week.

The interim ruling puts the ban imposed by CAS on hold until full consideration of the case at a later date.

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

The world players' union FIFPro and the captains of Australia, Denmark and France backed Guerrero, pointing out that CAS itself recognized that he did not seek to gain an advantage.

The 34-year-old had faced a 12 month ban for the offence, which he claimed occurred after drinking contaminated "coca tea". He then returned to play for Brazilian club Flamengo.

They also claimed both Federation Internationale de Football Association and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) had "shown a behaviour" that suggests they did not "categorically oppose" Guerrero's participation at the World Cup.

Earlier on Thursday CAS issued a statement saying it would not object if Guerrero was cleared to play in Russian Federation.

Russia's first-ever FIFA World Cup will take place from June 14 to July 15 in 11 host cities.

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