The Guerrero Doping Saga: Proportionality questioned

The Guerrero Doping Saga: Proportionality questioned

Seldom has the law been as big an ass as in the case of Peru centre forward Paolo Guerrero[1]

Introduction

The above quote - from “The Sun” in the UK - was no doubt sensationalist, and typical of a tabloid newspaper. However, the sentiment behind it was largely echoed by the sporting world when, in 2017, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) confirmed that Paolo Guerrero had been declared ineligible to play football (for 14 months) following an inadvertent anti-doping rule violation (ADRV). Indeed, not only did it appear that Mr Guerrero’s ADRV had stemmed from the unintentional consumption of coca tea, the CAS decision meant that the Peruvian star (and captain of the National Team) would not be permitted to play for Peru in its first appearance in the FIFA World Cup Finals since...

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