The penalty of Paolo Guerrero was reduced to six months. The decision was taken by the Fifa Court of Appeals after appealing the defense of the Flamengo striker. The Flamengo striker has been suspended since November 3. With this, the striker can play in the 2018 World Cup with the Peruvian national team.
The information was first published by Jornal O Globo, and confirmed by GloboEsporte.com. With the reduction, the striker may return to play in May 2018, but the defense will still attempt a total acquittal in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Recently, Guerrero’s defense won the reinforcement of Spanish lawyer Juan de Dios Crespo, who defended Messi from suspension in the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers, also will represent the Peruvian. The attacker also has in the defense of the doping process of the Fifa lawyers Bichara Neto and Marcos Motta.
Guerrero tested positive for benzoylecgonine, the main metabolite of cocaine, on an anti-doping test conducted after the game between Peru and Argentina, on October 5. The match was valid for the qualifiers of the 2018 World Cup. Because of this, FIFA suspended the athlete for 30 days preventively.
According to the defense, the metabolite benzoilecgonine – present in cocaine and found in the urine of the flamengo mayor – comes from the coca leaf used for tea consumed in several countries in South America. Lawyers point to contamination in another type of tea ingested by player.