Peru captain Guerrero banned from World Cup despite CAS appeal

Peru captain Guerrero banned from World Cup despite CAS appeal

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.

According to Brazilian outlet Globo, his doping ban was not only upheld upon appeal, but it was also extended and he won't be available for Peru coach Ricardo Gareca.

The World Anti-Doping Agency appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which imposed the 14-month ban.

Guerrero was subjected to an emotional roller-coaster after testing positive following the 0-0 draw in a qualifier away to Argentina in October.

Guerrero, who argued he must have ingested the substance in contaminated tea, himself gave an impassioned speech on his official Facebook page in response to the ruling, proclaiming his innocence and claiming he's been robbed of a World Cup. On Sunday (Monday NZ time) he was named in his country's provisional squad preparing to play France, Denmark and Australia.

The Dutch-based union pointed out the CAS itself had accepted that Peru's all-time leading scorer did not intend to enhance performance and had not knowingly ingested the substance.

Both the Player and WADA filed appeals at the CAS.

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Guerrero was serving a suspension when Peru beat New Zealand 2-0 over two legs in last November's intercontinental World Cup play-off.

"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.

Guerrero marked his return from the Federation Internationale de Football Association ban with a goal for Flamengo in a 3-2 loss to Chapecoense.

Two weeks ago, the former Bayern Munich player returned to play for his Brazilian club side Flamengo.

"Today I feel like my dreams, first of playing football and second of playing in a World Cup after 36 years, I feel like they're gone".

"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". Without the three extra points, Peru would have fallen below Chile and Paraguay in the standings and out of contention.

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