Peru captain to miss World Cup after doping ban extended

Wednesday, 16 May, 2018

CAS have today confirmed, however, that they have partially upheld the appeal filed by WADA against the decision issued by the FIFA Appeal Committee and banned the 34-year-old for 14 months, backdated to the start of his six-month ban, meaning he has a further eight months to serve.

Guerrero, 34, tested positive for benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, at a World Cup qualifier against Argentina in October of past year.

Guerrero, Peru's all-time top scorer, was suspended for a year by Federation Internationale de Football Association on December 8 after testing positive for cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine following Peru's 0-0 draw away to Argentina the previous October, after apparently drinking tea containing the substance.

The CAS chose to increase Mr Guerrero's suspension from 6 to 14 months, starting today, with the period of provisional suspension of 6 months already served by Mr Guerrero being credited against the total period of ineligibility to be served.

But in a unusual turn of events, the Court of Arbitration in Sport (CAS) - of which the President and two board members are Australian and none Peruvian - overruled FIFA's sanction and imposed a 14-month ban.

The court said its judging panel "also accepted that he did not attempt to enhance his performance by ingesting the prohibited substance".

Peru is in Group C with Australia, Denmark and France.

Guerrero, who has denied wrongdoing throughout, had also appealed to CAS to request the ban be annulled altogether.

News of extension of the ban was not well received among Peru fans.

But his solicitors argued that the drug was not a performance-enhancing substance and had been ingested accidentally, by means of "contaminated tea".

Guerrero - of Bayern Munich, Hamburg and Corinthians fame - is Peru's all-time leading goalscorer with a record of 32 strikes in 86 appearances.

Guerrero scored his first goal on Sunday since the suspension, a header in Flamengo's 3-2 defeat at Chapecoense in the Brazilian championship.

This is the second ruling by CAS that has a huge impact on Peru's 2018 World Cup journey.