FIFA has withdrawn the precautionary sanction of Peruvian international crossover Paolo Guerrero, which allowed him to compete during the last World Cup, after being sanctioned by the TAS for 14 months for a case of doping, so the 34-year-old footballer You can play until 2019.
The former player of Bayern Munich and Hamburg was fined for 14 months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAS, in French), which would have banished him from the last World Cup, but eventually weeks before the Copa del Arbitration was suspended. World of Russia and could contest competition with Peru.
Guerrero, who signed with Internacional de Porto Alegre after he was released from his contract with the Brazilian Flamengo, tested positive in October last year for benzoylecgonine, the main metabolite of cocaine in anti-doping control after a meeting between Peru and Argentina.
In principle, it was sanctioned by a FIFA for one year, starting in November. Later it was reduced to six months after the appeal of the defense. In any case, the TAS increased the sanction to the fourteen months (which are being reactivated) following a claim from the World Anti-Doping Agency (AMA).
The striker's defense was that the banned substance was found in his system after ingesting an infusion contaminated with coca leaf, an ingredient of cocaine that is also widely used as a traditional non-narcotic remedy in South America.
The TAS recognized that Guerrero had taken the substance without knowing it and without intending to improve its professional performance. The 89-year-old international with Peru will end his sanction in April next year. This would enable him to be available to Ricardo Gareca, if he deems it appropriate, for the Copa América that takes place between June and July in Brazil.