The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will support and monitor the legal defense efforts of Paolo Guerrero before the Federal Court of Switzerland, to annul the 14-month suspension applied against him by the Arbitral Tribunal of Sport that leaves him out of the 2018 World Cup.
"The sanction of 14 months is unfair because there was no intention of Guerrero to dope," said the President of Peru, Martín Vizcarra, after commenting that the captain of the Peruvian team explained the details of the aforementioned sanction at the meeting held with him last Tuesday, informed El Peruano.
The Head of State also explained that Guerrero and his defense team are initiating a procedure to annul the arbitration that gave him 14 months of punishment.
“For this, they will go to the Swiss Federal Court, stating that the punishment did not meet the guarantees of due process and asking for its annulment”, Vizcarra said.
The procedure will have the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the ambassador of Peru in Switzerland, Luis Enrique Chávez Basagoitia, said El Peruano.
Guerrero had consumed coca tea, which is a common and legal beverage in many places in South America to fight height sickness. On November last year, the use of cocaine was ruled out after doing the necessary tests, and the metabolite found in the urine of the Peruvian player is coca leaf.