This Thursday FIFA's Appeal Committee reduced the sanction imposed on Peruvian football player and national team captain, Paolo Guerrero, from one year to six months, enabling him to participate in 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.
"Thus, the decision adopted by FIFA's Disciplinary Committee on Dec 7, 2017 by which el player was suspended for a year was partially dismissed and his suspension period reduced from one year to six months," the Committee explained.
The measure on the "predator", as he is known in Peru, was made after analyzing all the specific circumstances on the suspension case and on the Peruvian captain's culpability.
On Dec. 20 of this year, FIFA partially accepted a recourse presented by Guerrero on the one-year suspension initially imposed by the football referee.
Guerrero was punished after a doping control test conducted after the match of the preliminary competition of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia played in Buenos Aires on Oct. 5, 2017. The test was positive for the metabolite benzoylecgonine, a substance linked to cocaine.