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FIFA
General Secretariat

Members of the FIFA Council

Hoofddorp, 21 May 2018

Re: Suspension of Paolo Guerrero

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are writing to you in relation to the situation of the captain of the national team of Peru, Mr.
Paolo Guerrero. For the past 14 years, he has represented his country with pride, pursuing
qualification for the FIFA World Cup. Finally, that moment has arrived, with Peru set to appear at the
2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia. Peru is returning to football’s ultimate stage after a 36-year
absence and we believe Paolo Guerrero should be allowed to lead his nation and celebrate what will
be a career highlight.

As you are no doubt aware, Paolo Guerrero was last week sanctioned by the Court of Arbitration for
Sport (CAS) with a ban from playing football for 14 months, which results in him being precluded
from making his debut in the FIFA World Cup. This is despite FIFA’s previous conclusion that Paolo
“had been able to establish that the adverse analytical finding had been caused by the ingestion of a
tea containing the prohibited substance”. What is more, in the appeals procedure, CAS concluded
that Paolo “did not attempt to enhance his performance by ingesting the prohibited substance.” It is
therefore clear for everyone that Paolo Guerrero did not intend to cheat.

Given the exceptional circumstances which pertain to this matter, we respectfully ask the FIFA
Council to show compassion with Paolo Guerrero who has given his utmost for his national team
since 2004 and has recently achieved one of the highest possible honors for any national team
player; qualifying for the FIFA World Cup. In our view, it would be plainly wrong to exclude him from
what should be a pinnacle of his career - an achievement he has worked so hard for, and for so many
years - on the basis of a finding which confirms that he did not intend to cheat and did not intend to
enhance his performance with prohibited substances.

As such, we turn to the FIFA Council and kindly put forward an urgent request for clemency by asking
the FIFA Council to temporarily interrupt the ban imposed on Paolo Guerrero during the 2018 FIFA
World Cup in Russia, with the suspension to recommence at the conclusion of Peru’s participation in
the competition. We believe that in the interest of fairness and proportionality, and taking into
consideration the exceptional circumstances of the present matter, Paolo who – as everyone agrees
did not cheat – should be able to participate with, and against, his fellow professionals in the FIFA
World Cup. As such, we strongly believe that a temporary interruption would be an equitable and
rightful solution.

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Fédération Internationale des Associations de Footballeurs Professionnels
Scorpius 161 • 2132 LR Hoofddorp • The Netherlands • T:+31(0)23 554 6970 • F:+31(0)23 554 6971
As we do not see any other body in FIFA that would be responsible for this request, the request for
clemency is submitted to the FIFA Council in accordance with art. 34 par. 12 of the FIFA Statutes
which stipulates that: “The Council shall deal with all matters relating to FIFA that do not fall within
the sphere of responsibility of another body, in accordance with these Statutes.”

On behalf of FIFPro, we, the captains of the national teams of Australia, Denmark and France, who
are the opponents of Peru in the World Cup group phase, would like to thank you for your attention,
and the consideration of our views expressed above.

We look forward to receiving your decision in this matter as soon as possible given the June 4
deadline for all World Cup nations to announce their 23-man squads is rapidly approaching.

Yours sincerely,

Hugo Lloris Mile Jedinak


Captain of the French national team Captain of the Australian national team

Simon Kjær
Captain of the Danish national team

Phillippe Piat John Didulica


President UNFP CEO Professional Footballers Australia

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Fédération Internationale des Associations de Footballeurs Professionnels
Scorpius 161 • 2132 LR Hoofddorp • The Netherlands • T:+31(0)23 554 6970 • F:+31(0)23 554 6971
Mads Øland
Director Spillerforeningen

Phillippe Piat Theo van Seggelen


President, FIFPro Secretary General, FIFPro

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Fédération Internationale des Associations de Footballeurs Professionnels
Scorpius 161 • 2132 LR Hoofddorp • The Netherlands • T:+31(0)23 554 6970 • F:+31(0)23 554 6971