Guerrero scores twice on Peru return after doping ban

first_img0Shares0000Paolo Guerrero’s availability at the World Cup is a huge boost for Peru © AFP / Fabrice COFFRINIST. GALLEN, Switzerland, Jun 3 – Paolo Guerrero scored twice in a 3-0 friendly win over Saudi Arabia to cap an emotional week for the Peru captain who was cleared to play at the World Cup after his long legal battle against a 14-month drugs suspension.The 34-year-old striker won a last-ditch legal appeal on Thursday to appear at the tournament in Russia despite being banned after testing positive for traces of cocaine following a World Cup qualifier against Argentina last October. The Swiss federal tribunal, Guerrero’s last legal recourse, overturned a ruling by the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) that saw him suspended for 14 months.As well as allowing Guerrero to participate in the June 14-July 15 showpiece, it has also given the player hope of seeing his ban reduced or annulled as it ruled the CAS decision “unjustified”.Guerrero has played just a handful of matches for his Brazilian club Flamengo since he was initially banned on November 3, a ruling that forced him out of Peru’s two-legged World Cup play-off with New Zealand.But the former Bayern Munich star displayed no obvious signs of rust against Saudi Arabia in St Gallen, Switzerland, as his two goals sealed a convincing win after Andre Carrillo had fired the South Americans ahead on 21 minutes.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

SPUD CROP ‘RUINED’ SAY FARMERS

first_imgTHE DONEGAL potato crop is ruined, farmers warned today.More than 80% of spuds are still in the fields because of the dreadful rainfall of the last few weeks.And that could hit next year’s crops – because so much of the seed potato for 2012 hasn’t been harvested. Today the Irish Farmers Association has called on the Government to carry out an audit of the disaster.“The October rainfall here was 204mm compared to 62mm last year and 90mm the year before. Many farms are flooded and we need at least four clear days to be able to get at the crop,” said Bridgend farmer Charlie Doherty.“There is also another problem for growers. Potatoes have been growing near the surface of the drills this year because they did not have to go down low to find moisture.“This will mean if there is any frost at all, there will be total devastation of the crop and we will not be able to salvage any.” Mr Doherty said he stood to lose at least €250,000 if he could not get his crop because it cost €2,500 an acre to plough, plant and tend to a crop to the stage where it was being harvested.“A lot of the growers will go to the wall if there is no take-up in the weather and already I think about 30 per cent of the Donegal crop is lost and will not be recoverable,” he tells today’s Irish Times.SPUD CROP ‘RUINED’ SAY FARMERS was last modified: November 3rd, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalpotato crop ruinedlast_img read more