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16 May 2018, 01:19 | Lena Norman
Peru's Paolo Guerrero confirmed in FIFA World Cup 2018
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), however, upheld a six-month extension appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Peru, who have made it to the World Cup qualification for the first time since dating way back in 1982, will be playing the group stage round with Australia, Denmark and France in Group C in Russian Federation.
CAS judges accepted Guerrero did not intend to consume cocaine metabolites, nor enhanced his performance in a World Cup qualifier last October.
"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".
But in a unusual turn of events, the Court of Arbitration in Sport (CAS) - of which the President and two board members are Australian and none Peruvian - overruled FIFA's sanction and imposed a 14-month ban.
The 34-year-old footballer is in Peru's provisional squad that was named on Sunday.
News of extension of the ban was not well received among Peru fans.
Having completed the suspension and played two matches for his club Flamengo, Guerrero was handed the extended ban by CAS on Monday.
But his solicitors argued that the drug was not a performance-enhancing substance and had been ingested accidentally, by means of "contaminated tea".
"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 (doping violations)", the court said. WADA, on the other hand, had requested that the FIFA AC decision be set aside and that Paolo Guerrero be sanctioned with a period of ineligibility between 1 and 2 years with an expressed preference for 22 months.
Guerrero has 32 goals for his country in 86 appearances.
It is the second ruling from sport's highest court that has weighed heavily on Peru's first World Cup appearance in 36 years.
Bolivia fielded an ineligible player in a 2-0 win over Peru, and that result was overturned to a 3-0 loss by default.
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