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Peru skipper Guerrero hits out at doping ban 'injustice'

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has hit out the "injustice" of a 14-month doping ban that has ended his dream of appearing at in

"I'm a victim of injustice," said Guerrero here yesterday, a day after the (CAS) in 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 squad announced on Sunday.

But less than a week after he attended a CAS hearing in 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 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 here 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." Guerrero was initially banned for one year after traces of the drug, which is on the banned list of the World Anti-Doping Agency, were found in a sample following a qualifier against on October 5 last year.

World football's ruling body reduced the ban to six months on appeal last December. That ban ended on May 3, making Guerrero eligible to play at the June 14-July 15 World Cup in

The emblematic captain, however, wanted the ban annulled.

He arrived at a CAS hearing last week flanked by lawyers to be met by around 30 flag-waving well-wishers and supporters shouting "You can do it, Paolo!!" But WADA effectively retaliated, appealing to CAS to uphold their original sanction.

CAS noted on Monday: "Both the and WADA filed appeals at the CAS. sought to have the Decision set aside and replaced by a new decision in which no sanction was imposed on him.

"WADA, on the other hand, had requested that the decision be set aside and that be sanctioned with a period of ineligibility between 1 and 2 years with an expressed preference for 22 months."

The statement added: "The CAS decided to increase Mr Guerrero's suspension from 6 to 14 months, starting today (Monday), with the period of provisional suspension of 6 months already served by Mr Guerrero being credited against the total period of ineligibility to be served."

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 09:30 IST