Rival captains make case to Fifa for Paolo Guerrero’s World Cup inclusion

 Peru’s Paolo Guerrero is set to miss the World Cup in Russia after having his drugs ban increased. Photograph: Ernesto Benavides/AFP/Getty Images
Peru’s Paolo Guerrero is set to miss the World Cup in Russia after having his drugs ban increased. Photograph: Ernesto Benavides/AFP/Getty Images

The captains of the rival teams which are going to play with Peru at the World Cup 2018 in Russia have appealed to FIFA to postpone a ban on the Peru captain Paolo Guerrero, he was suspended after he was tested positive for cocaine.

Peru captain Guerrero was banned from the world cup last week after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) increased his termination from six months to 14 months a ban he was given after testing positive for cocaine which was in a tea that he drank. Paolo Guerrero denied knowing that there was cocaine in the tea and he was to try to enhance his abilities, he said that they shouldn’t have given him that tea.

France Australia and Denmark skippers Hugo Lloris, Mile Jedinak and Simon Kjaer respectively wrote an appeal to FIFA saying that the ban was out of proportion given that Court of Arbitration for Sport acknowledged Guerrero did not knowingly ingest cocaine or seek to gain an advantage.

The three rival skippers said in a letter released by FIFPro the World players union “We respectfully ask the FIFA Council to show compassion. In our view, it would be plainly wrong to exclude him from what should be a pinnacle of his career.”

Last time Peru qualified for the World Cup in 1982 and that was 36 years ago, the Peru captain Paolo Guerrero will never find another chance to represent his country at this level again in his life. The whole country of Peru is dipped in emotions over this situation.

Martin Vizcarra the president of Peru has asked government properties to help the national team captain’s case, and the media is also non-stop broadcasting the updates on the twists and turns of his fate.

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