Peru captain Paolo Guerrero cleared to play at Russia World Cup 2018

Peru skipper Guerrero cleared for World Cup as court lifts doping ban

Peru skipper Guerrero cleared for World Cup as court lifts doping ban

"The appeal is directed against the decision of the CAS, which partially accepted the appeal filed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) against the decision issues by the FIFA Appeals Committee on December 20, 2017, under which the suspension of Mr Guerrero was extended from six to 14 months".

That ban ended on May 3, making Guerrero eligible to play at the June 14-July 15 World Cup in Russian Federation.

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

FIFPro, the world footballer's union, called on FIFA to reduce a ban they considered "unfair and disproportionate" and allow the 34-year-old to play at the FIFA World Cup.

Switzerland's supreme court says it has granted an interim order to freeze Guerrero's 14-month ban for a positive doping test.

Peru captain Paolo Guerrero has been cleared to play at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation after a Swiss tribunal ruled on his drug ban.

"While Guerrero has won a temporary reprieve from the Swiss federal court, it is unfortunate that he has to endure such a protracted legal wrangle that is still not over".

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Guerrero isn't just Peru's all-time top scorer.

The interim ruling puts the ban imposed by CAS on hold until full consideration of the case at a later date in federal court.

The former Bayern Munich player is now set to captain of Peru in its first World Cup appearance since 1982.

However, the CAS judges increased the ban from six to 14 months, upholding a counter-appeal by WADA. He then returned to play for Brazilian club Flamengo.

Earlier on Thursday (Friday NZT), CAS - which based less than a kilometre from the federal court in Lausanne - issued a statement saying it would not object if Guerrero was cleared to play in Russian Federation.

Despite his age, months-long absence from football, and Peru's excellent form - they're unbeaten since November 2016 - his reprieve will be heralded throughout the land and the squad.

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