LIMA – Peru’s Paolo Guerrero could still resort to the Swiss courts to try and get the doping ban levied against him by the Court of Arbitration for Sport lifted and play in the World Cup in Russia, the representative of the International Federation of Professional Footballers (FIFPro), Carlos Gonzales, said.
“I would advise him to file (an appeal) with the court and request a precautionary measure, for the sanction not to apply (temporarily) and thus Paolo Guerrero could be able to play,” said the FIFPro executive committee member, as reported by local media on Thursday.
Guerrero – Peru’s national soccer team captain and key striker – on Monday was banned from play for 14 months by the Switzerland-based CAS after he tested positive for cocaine, thus preventing him from playing during the June 14-July 15 World Cup in Russia.
Gonzalez said that although the World Anti-Doping Agency “says you’re guilty due to the simple fact of finding a prohibited substance” without regard for the conditions surrounding that result, “the paradoxical and absurd thing is that at this time someone who tested positive is competing in the Giro d’Italia” cycling race.
The FIFPro official commented on the matter after on Wednesday Peruvian national team coach Ricardo Gareca asked for the organization’s intervention against a sanction he said was “completely unfair” and which should have “world ramifications.”
FIFPro on Tuesday requested an urgent meeting with FIFA, soccer’s world governing body, claiming that the punishment imposed on Guerrero was “disproportionate and unfair,” adding that the World Anti-Doping Agency often levies “inappropriate” sanctions.
Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra also said on Wednesday that the country’s embassy in Switzerland will “provide support in the efforts that ... attorneys may make” to get the ban overturned or postponed.
Guerrero, 34, was originally suspended for a year after a routine doping test in October 2017 detected a cocaine metabolite, but FIFA subsequently reduced the penalty to six months and the player returned to action May 6 with Flamengo.
The Peruvian, who plays professionally for Brazil’s Flamengo, appeared before the Lausanne, Switzerland-based CAS earlier this month to argue that the suspension was unjustified, maintaining that the cocaine metabolite entered his system via yerba mate brewed in a pot that previously contained coca leaf.