Paolo Guerrero

FIFA World Cup Update: Lloris, Jedinak and Kjaer requests FIFA to permit Guerrero to play at World Cup


Being backed up by his World Cup Rivals Paolo Guerrero being determined to participate in the World Cup, which includes captains of France, Denmark and Australia requesting for FIFA to permit the banned striker of Peru in Russia 2018.

Guerrero is set on missing the World Cup compelling to the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s (CAS) conclusion to raise the concern from the World Anti-Doping Agency known as WADA to longer his suspension to 14 months for being positive for cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine after he is tested.

Guerrero being initially ban one year to six months by FIFA then returned having positive results on the drug test on the following Peru’s World Cup qualifier against Argentina last October 2017.

Institutions and rivals including World footballer’s union FIFPro Contacted FIFA before and now the upcoming opponents of Peru in the world also offered their assistance regarding the drug ban issue. In relation to this the captain of France, Australia and Denmark signed a letter addressed to FIFA, to allow to move forward in the competition facing them during the World group stage.

According to the letter Peru is returning to football’s ultimate stage after a 36-year absence and they believe that Paolo Guerrero should be permitted to drive his nation and celebrate the peak of his career during the Russia 2018.

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“Given the exceptional circumstances which pertain to this matter, we respectfully ask the FIFA Council to show compassion with Paolo Guerrero who has given his utmost for his national team since 2004 and has recently achieved one of the highest possible honours for any national team player – qualifying for the FIFA World Cup.

“In our view, it would be plainly wrong to exclude him from what should be a pinnacle of his career – an achievement he has worked so hard for, and for so many years – on the basis of a finding which confirms that he did not intend to cheat and did not intend to enhance his performance with prohibited substances.

“As such, we turn to the FIFA Council and kindly put forward an urgent request for clemency by asking the FIFA Council to temporarily interrupt the ban imposed on Paolo Guerrero during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, with the suspension to recommence at the conclusion of Peru’s participation in the competition.

“We believe that in the interest of fairness and proportionality, and taking into consideration the exceptional circumstances of the present matter, Paolo who – as everyone agrees did not cheat – should be able to participate with, and against, his fellow professionals in the FIFA World Cup. As such, we strongly believe that a temporary interruption would be the equitable and rightful solution.”

Guerrero holds the record of 32 international goals, making him the country’s leading all-time goalscorer and an 86-cap veteran playing for the side or Peru.

Peru drawn against Denmark on June 16 then facing France in June 21 and Australia in June 26, they are the teams competing for the group stage to qualify on the knockout stage and battle for the top nation in the World Cup.

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