Peru skipper Paolo Guerrero has been handed the chance to play at the World Cup after a Swiss court temporarily lifted his drugs ban.
Guerrero tested positive for banned substances last October after Peru’s World Cup qualifier against Argentina, and he was handed a 12-month ban by FIFA.
That sentence was reduced to six months after an appeal – which would have allowed him to feature in Russia – but was then extended to 14 months after a protest by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
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However, the saga took another twist after the captains of Peru’s Group C rivals Australia, Denmark and France all wrote to FIFA asking for the ban to be lifted.
A Swiss tribunal has now agreed to temporarily lift Guerrero’s ban while it considers his appeal – allowing him to compete at the World Cup.
“This decision does justice, at least partially, and I’m grateful to the Swiss court,” said the 34-year-old.
“There are no impossible dreams, as it has been proved that when Peruvians are united, everything is possible.”