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Players' union says Guerrero cocaine ban is unfair and disproportionate

Players' union says Guerrero cocaine ban is unfair and disproportionate

FIFPro says a 14-month ban barring the 34-year-old Guerrero from his World Cup debut is 'unfair and disproportionate'.

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

But less than a week after he attended a CAS hearing in a bid to completely annul a ban for testing positive for traces of cocaine, CAS increased his sentence for falling foul of "an anti-doping rule violation (presence of Benzoylecgonine metabolites)".

Announcing the extension of the ban now ending in January 2019, CAS said it was the most appropriate course of action considering Guerrero's degree of fault in the matter.

This led to the World Anti-Doping Agency launching an appeal to CAS to have Guerrero's initial one-year ban increased by a further year.

Peru captain Paolo Guerrero will miss this summer's World Cup through suspension due to a positive doping test.

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




Having completed the suspension and played two matches for his club Flamengo, Guerrero was handed the extended ban by CAS on Monday.

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

Accepting Guerrero's argument that the substance was accidentally consumed in contaminated tea, Federation Internationale de Football Association reduced the ban to six months, a period which would have enabled Guerrero to play in Russia, and he was duly named in Peru's provisional squad on Sunday.

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

Guerrero, who is Peru's all-time record scorer with 32 goals, played for Brazilian side Flamengo last week on May 6 at the conclusion of his six-month ban.

CAS said that Guerrero bore "some fault or negligence, even if it was not significant, and that he could have taken some measures to prevent him from committing an anti-doping violation".

Bolivia fielded an ineligible player in a 2-0 win over Peru, and that result was overturned to a 3-0 loss by default.


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