Peru captain Paolo Guerrero CLEARED to play at World Cup


Paolo Guerrero will be able to feature at World Cup 2018 after the Swiss Federal Court agreed to suspend a drugs ban lingering over him. "There are no impossible dreams, as it has been proved that when Peruvians are united, everything is possible".

The former Bayern Munich man had previously appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after being banned by Federation Internationale de Football Association, before later appealing to a federal court, which granted his appeal.

Following FIFA's decision to reduce the ban to six months on appeal, it was subsequently extended to 14 months following an appeal from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Guerrero was banned after testing positive for benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, following Peru's World Cup qualifier with Argentina in October a year ago, though he claimed this was unintentional and was the result of taking a herbal remedy.

The FPF had launched Guerrero's last-ditch appeal Wednesday "with the hope of seeing Paolo at the World Cup, that reflects the feeling of the FPF and the whole country", according to its president Edwin Oviedo in a statement released in Lima.

Cas accepted his argument when it heard Guerrero's appeal on 3 May.

In a statement, FIFPro said they were "delighted" by the outcome but expressed regret that the Flamengo striker must face proceedings after the finals.

Initially banned for a year, this was later reduced to six months on appeal last December.

The interim ruling puts the ban imposed by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on hold until full consideration of the case at a later date in federal court. They are in Group C alongside France, Denmark and Australia. The panel decided a ban to January 2019 was an "appropriate sanction ... in light of Mr Guerrero's degree of fault".

Guerrero had been given a boost earlier today when the CAS said they would not object if the Tribunal ruled he is eligible to play.

Peru were probably the happiest of the 32 finalists on Thursday after veteran Guerrero was cleared to take part in the finals in the latest twist in a long-running saga which has kept the Andean nation on tenterhooks.