Peru, which is headed to the World Cup for the first time since 1982, got a boost when captain Paolo Guerrero
, its inspirational leader, was cleared by the Court of Arbitration for Sport to
play in this summer's tournament in Russia.
After a World Cup qualifier in October, Guerrero tested positive for cocaine -- a banned substance -- and was banned for 12 months by FIFA. He
said the positive test was from driving a tea.
On appeal, the ban was first reduced to six months by a FIFA appeal committee, then extended to 14 months by the World Anti-Doping Agency in
May, putting Guerrero out of the World Cup.
The 34-year-old striker's case received sympathy from many quarters in international soccer. Peru's Group C rivals Australia, Denmark and
France all had their captains write to FIFA urging it let Guerrero play.
1. It took into account "the setbacks of all types" Guerrero would suffer if
prevented "from participating in a competition that will be the culmination of his career as a footballer."
2. It recognized that Guerrero “did not act intentionally or with
significant negligence" in drinking the tea. Double cancellation
. Iran’s preparations for the World Cup have not gibe
well as not one but two opponents cancelled on Team Melli.
First a game against Greece was cancelled, then a match against Kosovo in in Istanbul on Saturday was scrapped.
The Iranian federation said it intended to report the the Greek federation to FIFA.