Peru captain Paolo Guerrero cleared to play at Russia World Cup 2018

Peru captain Paolo Guerrero cleared to play at Russia World Cup 2018

Paolo Guerrero has been cleared by a Swiss supreme court judge to play at the World Cup despite a doping ban.

Guerrero tested positive for prohibited substance cocaine in October. He was initially banned for 12 months by Fifa.

This ban was cut to six months on appeal after Guerrero argued the stimulant had not been performance enhancing, and was accidentally consumed in contaminated tea.

That suspension was then halved by Fifa's appeal committee but the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) appealed to Cas and, less than two weeks after his six-month ban ended in May, they extended it to 14 months.

But Switzerland's supreme court has now granted an interim order to freeze Guerrero's ban - meaning he is free to play in Russia next month.

His case was also helped by the fact that neither FIFA nor the World Anti-Doping Agency opposed the appeal.

The interim ruling puts the ban imposed by CAS on hold until full consideration of the case at a later date.