Peru captain cleared to play in wc

ZURICH

Jun 1, 2018-

Peru captain Paolo Guerrero was cleared to play at next month’s World Cup after a Swiss court on Thursday agreed to temporarily lift his doping suspension while it considered his appeal against a 14-month ban.

In the twist to a long-running saga which has kept the Andean nation on tenterhooks, the Swiss Federal Tribunal acknowledged that it would be harsh for Guerrero to miss what is likely to be his only chance to play at the tournament. “The President of the court took into account the setbacks of all types that the appellant, already aged 34, would suffer if (he) was prevented from participating in a competition that will be culmination of his career as a footballer,” it said. It also recognised that Guerrero, who tested positive for a cocaine byproduct—contained in a tea he drank—in October, “did not act intentionally or with significant negligence.” (AFP)

Published: 01-06-2018 08:05

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