Peru captain Paolo Guerrero on Tuesday hit out the ‘injustice’ of a 14-month doping ban that has ended his dream of appearing at the World Cup in Russia.
‘I’m a victim of injustice,’ said Guerrero in Lima Tuesday, a day after the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland increased a six-month ban for testing positive for traces of cocaine to 14 months.
‘I didn’t expect it, I’m sad I won’t be playing. They’ve taken my dream away from me.’
Guerrero, who plays as a striker for Brazilian giants Flamengo, had been included in Peru’s preliminary 25-man World Cup squad announced on Sunday.
But less than a week after he attended a CAS hearing in Lausanne hoping to totally annul a six-month suspension, world sport’s top arbitration court increased his sentence to 14 months.
Not only is Guerrero ruled out of the World Cup, but the emblematic skipper will be sidelined until January 2019.
‘I’m sad but I’ve come here to face things, because there have been a lot of rumours. I’m a victim of injustice,’ Guerrero said in Lima Tuesday where he was met by hundreds of well-wishers shouting his name and offering messages of support.
‘I’m 100 per cent behind the team (Peru). In the good times, and the bad.’
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