Paolo Guerrero gains support from World Cup rivals to participate in competition
Peru is headed towards its first World Cup since 1982, but it is still in an ongoing dispute to try and bring its team captain Paolo Guerrero along for the ride as well. Guerrero failed a drug test because of cocaine found in his system and received a 14-month ban from FIFA and for the moment is missing out on the only World Cup he will likely get a chance to play in.
La Blanquirroja is in Group C of the tournament along with Australia, Denmark and France and may have the most kind-hearted rivals in the competition. This Monday, May 21, it was reported by the world footballer’s association FIFPro that a letter signed by the captains of Group C, Mile Jedinak, Simon Kjær and Hugo Lloris was sent to FIFA demanding that they let Paolo Guerrero play in the World Cup.
The letter asked FIFA to show “compassion” and also said, “In our view it would be plainly wrong to exclude him from what would be a pinnacle of his career”.
LATEST: National team captains of France, Denmark and Australia have today joined @FIFPro in asking @FIFAcom to let Paolo Guerrero play in the @FIFAWorldCup. An official letter signed by Hugo #Lloris, @simonkjaer1989 and Mile #Jedinak has been sent to @FIFAcom. #Solidarity pic.twitter.com/4fGZLSgA2a
— FIFPro (@FIFPro) May 21, 2018
Guerrero has been trying to fight this case for a while now as he said that he unknowingly ingested the cocaine in a tea he drank. The 34-year-old is Peru’s all-time goalscorer with 32 goals, is the team captain for his nation and can still add a lot to Ricardo Gareca’s side.
It is unclear as to how FIFA will respond to this letter, but Guerrero himself is on his way to Switzerland to fight his case.