Guerrero doping ban defies common sense: players' union

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Peru captain Paolo Guerrero will miss the 2018 World Cup after having his drugs ban upped to 14 months.

According to Brazilian outlet Globo, his doping ban was not only upheld upon appeal, but it was also extended and he won't be available for Peru coach Ricardo Gareca.

Considering that, in case of no significant fault or negligence, the sanction should, in accordance with the applicable Federation Internationale de Football Association rules, be in the range of 1 to 2 years of suspension, the CAS Panel considered that the appropriate sanction would be 14 months in light of the Mr Guerrero's degree of fault.

He had tested positive for benzoylecgonine in October past year during their qualifying game against Argentina.

His lawyers argued the stimulant had not been performance enhancing, and was accidentally consumed in contaminated tea. On Sunday (Monday NZ time) he was named in his country's provisional squad preparing to play France, Denmark and Australia.

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Peruvian striker Paolo Guerrero is still analyzing legal options after a doping ban ruled him out of the World Cup.

Both the Player and WADA filed appeals at the CAS.

The CAS panel confirmed the existence of an ADRV [anti-doping rule violation] committed by Mr Guerrero, but also accepted that he did not attempt to enhance his performance by ingesting the prohibited substance.

"What can't be understood is how they can give me a sanction of 14 months, take away my dream which was play a World Cup, without any justification or argument that made sense to me or even you guys".

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. I feel that my dream, first of playing soccer, and second, to play in the World Cup after 36 years, I feel like I've lost it. The first one was being awarded a default win over their opponents, Bolivia, who were found guilty of fielding an ineligible player. It ended on May 3, making Guerrero eligible to play at the June 14-July 15 World Cup in Russian Federation. The three points helped Peru qualify for the playoffs- where they beat New Zealand to make it to Russia- at the expense of Chile.

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