Guerrero to fight ban

first_img(REUTERS) – Peru captain Paolo Guerrero says he is innocent and will fight to clear his name after FIFA reduced his doping ban to six months, allowing him to play at next year’s World Cup.Guerrero, 33, who plays for Flamengo in Brazil, had been suspended by FIFA on December 8 for a year after testing positive for cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine after Peru’s 0-0 draw away to Argentina in October.World soccer’s governing body reduced the ban to six months on Wednesday, but Guerrero is still not happy.“Obviously I am not relieved, it’s important to me to keep (fighting) to prove my innocence,” he told Reuters TV yesterday in Rio de Janeiro.“I am not calm now because they reduced the ban; I am going to continue fighting to prove my innocence. It really is an injustice that they punished me as I have shown I am innocent all along, I proved it, and we will keep proving it until they absolve me.”“They cut the legs from under me,” Guerrero added. “I did absolutely nothing wrong.”Guerrero claimed the positive test was due to contamination and vowed to be back in action in 2018.The former Bayern Munich and Hamburg SV forward, who has scored 42 goals for Flamengo since moving to Brazil in 2015, gives the Peru attack a much-needed physical presence and has a galvanising effect on their less experienced players.The 0-0 draw with Argentina was a crucial result for Peru, who qualified for the Russia World Cup for the first time since 1982.The South American side have been drawn in a group with France, Denmark and Australia.last_img read more

Bramble, Singh, Fudadin fined for breaching Code of Conduct

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua – Cricket West Indies (CWI) advised yesterday that Guyana Jaguars’ pair of Anthony Bramble and Vishaul Singh, along with Jamaica Scorpions’ Assad Fudadin were penalised for Level 1 breaches of the Code of Conduct during the eighth round of matches which ended on Sunday in the Digicel 4-Day Championship.Bramble, Singh and Fudadin all admitted to their respective offences – which occurred in the match between Scorpions and Jaguars at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica – and accepted the imposition of the proposed sanctions, so there was no need for formal hearings.The charges were brought by umpires Jacqueline Williams and Johnathan Blades, along with reserve umpire Christopher Wright.Match referee Denovan Hayles imposed fines as per the Code of Conduct having considered the umpires’ reports.Bramble was fined 15 per cent of his match fee for a breach of Section 1.2 of the Code of Conduct during Jaguars’ second innings, when he was dismissed.The umpires reported that Bramble pointed to his shoulder, indicating the ball did not touch his bat, when he was given out caught-behind in the 13th over of his side’s second innings, displaying behaviour that could be deemed as showing dissent at an umpire’s decision by action or verbal abuse.Singh was charged 20 per cent of his match fee for a breach of Section 1.1 of the Code of Conduct during Jaguars’ second innings, when he was dismissed.Singh was reported by the umpires for slamming his bat into the pavilion wall on leaving the field after his dismissal and then hitting a bottle in the direction of the reserve umpire, displaying behaviour that could be deemed as abuse of cricket equipment or clothing, ground equipment or fixtures and fittings.Fudadin was fined 15 per cent of his match fee for a breach of Section 1.2 of the Code of Conduct during the 38th over of the Jaguars’ second innings, when batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul was ruled “not-out” following an appeal.The umpires reported that Fudadin threw the ball and his helmet to the ground in dissatisfaction following the umpire’s ruling, displaying behaviour that could be deemed as showing dissent at an umpire’s decision by action or verbal abuse.last_img read more