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FIFPro Calls For Doping Reform After Guerrero Banned for World Cup

FIFPro Calls For Doping Reform After Guerrero Banned for World Cup

Peru captain Paolo Guerrero will miss this summer's World Cup through suspension due to a positive doping test. Peru's captain and all-time leading scorer, Guerrero has become a lightning rod for Peru supporters, who showed up in masses to welcome him back to Lima after the CAS ruling was handed down.

Guerrero tested positive for Benzoylecgonine - which is a metabolite of cocaine - at a 2018 World Cup qualifying game against Argentina in October.

Peru will fight it out with France, Denmark and Australia for qualification from Group C. This is Peru's first-ever appearance in football's biggest stage since 1982.

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. Announcing the extension of the ban now ending in January 2019, CAS said it was the most appropriate course of action considering Guerrero's degree of fault in the matter.

News of extension of the ban was not well received among Peru fans.

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Deputies also noted lacerations on the arms of both Lucas and his mother, Hershey Glover, who also had blood on her clothes. Police reportedly saw abrasions and other injuries on Hershey Glover when they arrived to arrest Krista Glover.

Guerrero, who has denied wrongdoing throughout, had also appealed to CAS to request the ban be annulled altogether.

Despite acknowledging Guerrero had no intention of taking a banned substance - his lawyer argued the stimulant was consumed by drinking contaminated tea - CAS ruled in line with WADA's wishes.

"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 ADRV". They reduced the ban in a fast-tracked appeal last December which clearing him to play at the World Cup.

Guerrero scored his first goal on Sunday since the suspension, a header in Flamengo's 3-2 defeat at Chapecoense in the Brazilian championship. Without the three extra points, Peru would have fallen below Chile and Paraguay in the standings and out of contention.

"To the people who've contributed to this shameful injustice (I say to them), you are stealing my World Cup and perhaps also my career".