December 20, 2017 / 8:41 PM / a year ago

FIFA halves doping sanction for Peru footballer to six months: lawyer

Captain of Peruvian national soccer team Paolo Guerrero poses for a selfie with fans after a hearing at the FIFA Disciplinary Committee in front of FIFA's headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland November 30, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

LIMA (Reuters) - FIFA has cut its doping-related sanction of Peru’s soccer captain Paolo Guerrero to a six-month suspension, half its previous year-long ban that would have kept him from playing in the country’s first return to the World Cup in more than three decades, Guerrero’s lawyer said on Wednesday.

Speaking in a broadcast interview on local TV channel Canal N, attorney Pedro Fida said his legal team would continue to work to absolve him. Earlier this month, FIFA banned Guerrero for one year for failing an anti-doping test for cocaine.

Reporting By Marco Aquino, Writing By Mitra Taj; Editing by David Gregorio

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