The captains of the teams of Australia, Denmark, and France, rivals of Peru in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup, joined on Monday at the request of the International Union of Professional Football Players (FIFPro) for FIFA to allow the Peruvian striker Paolo Guerrero play in the tournament, reported Sport.
“In a letter addressed to FIFA, the Australian Mile Jedinak, the Danish Simon Kjaer and the Frenchman Hugo Lloris, captains of their respective national teams, requested that their counterpart in Peru be provisionally suspended from doping disqualification that leaves him without dispute the World Cup”, the website informed.
This letter was sent a day before Guerrero meets with FIFA president Gianni Infantino in Switzerland to discuss the possibility of obtaining a special and unprecedented extraordinary permit to accompany his team, which returns to a World Cup after 36 years.
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 and does not improve his performance or gives him an advantage while playing.
Nevertheless, the player was banned from playing any match for 14 months, which leaves him out of the FIFA World Cup. He has already completed six months of sanctions and his contract with the Brazilian Flamengo team was suspended as a result of this situation.