Peru captain Guerrero cleared to play in WC

Paolo Guerrero

But Switzerland's supreme court has now granted an interim order to freeze Guerrero's ban - meaning he is free to play in Russian Federation next month.

Peru won a play-off against New Zealand in November to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1982. Guerrero will therefore be free to represent his country in Russian Federation.

So far, the CAS panel has only issued its decision, without grounds.

"Along with many professional footballers around the world, we strongly believe that Guerrero's 14-month sanction for unknowingly ingesting a banned substance is unfair and disproportionate".

Russia's first-ever FIFA World Cup will take place from June 14 to July 15 in 11 host cities.

The federal tribunal is expected to examine the case in fuller detail following the World Cup.

Switzerland's supreme court said it has granted an interim order to freeze Guerrero's 14-month ban for a positive test. "Paolo Guerrero can take part in the next World Cup", the court said.

"WADA will therefore not object".

Guerrero, nicknamed the "Warrior", went on to stress his quest to clear his name is just beginning.

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Guerrero has been on an emotional rollercoaster since the positive doping test following a World Cup qualifier away to Argentina in October.

Initially banned for a year, this was later reduced to six months on appeal last December.

The CAS had extended Guerrero's ban after it was cut short by.

Cas accepted his argument when it heard Guerrero's appeal on 3 May.

Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra said Guerrero had called him personally to thank him for his support.

"This decision does justice, at least partially, and I'm grateful to the Swiss court", said Guerrero.

"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".

Guerrero's case received unlikely backing when the captains of France, Australia and Denmark - Peru's group stage opponents at the World Cup - wrote a letter to football's global governing body FIFA urging it to let him play.

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