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CAS Panel imposes 14-month period of ineligibility on Paolo Guerrero

CAS Panel imposes 14-month period of ineligibility on Paolo Guerrero

In December, FIFA handed him a 12-month ban, ruling him out of the World Cup, but that was cut to six months on appeal a few days later, freeing him to play in the tournament.

Peru captain Paolo Guerrero has been ruled out of the World Cup after a doping ban was increased from six months to 14 by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), Brazilian television network Globo said on its website on Monday.

The extended ban, imposed after an appeal to CAS by the World Anti-Doping Agency, means the 34-year-old will miss next month's World Cup, where Peru have qualified for the first time in 36 years.

Guerrero will now be banned for 14 months - an "appropriate sanction ... in light of Mr. Guerrero's degree of fault" - until January, the court said in a statement.

Last October the player tested positive for benzoylecgonine, which is a metabolite of cocaine.

But WADA effectively retaliated, appealing to CAS to uphold their original sanction. They questioned the CAS's intentions for the ban despite admitting that Guerrero was not significantly negligent and his intention was not to enhance his performance. Paolo Guerrero sought to have the FIFA AC Decision set aside and replaced by a new decision in which no sanction was imposed on him.




Despite acknowledging Guerrero had no intention of taking a banned substance - his lawyer argued the stimulant was consumed by drinking contaminated tea - CAS ruled in line with WADA's wishes.

Peru will fight it out with France, Denmark and Australia for qualification from Group C. This is Peru's first-ever appearance in football's biggest stage since 1982.

"However, the panel considered that the player did bear some fault or negligence, even if it was not significant, and that he could have taken some measures to prevent him from committing the ADRV".

But WADA lodged an appeal - alongside another from Guerrero seeking to quash his sanction altogether - requesting the Federation Internationale de Football Association decision was set aside and a ban of one to two years implemented.

He has scored 32 goals in 83 appearances and is a galvanising presence for his team.