FIFA ask Peru striker Pizarro to drop lawsuit

April 24, 2008

LIMA, April 23 (Reuters) - Peru striker Claudio Pizarro, banned by his country for 18 months for indiscipline, has been asked by FIFA to withdraw a lawsuit he has taken out against the Peruvian federation over his suspension.

Pizarro's agent Carlos Delgado said in a radio interview that soccer's governing body wanted the Chelsea player to keep his case to the sporting tribunals.

'We asked the player Pizarro to immediately withdraw his case from the civil courts and use the sporting tribunals,' said the letter, according to Delgado.

'We remind all the parties involved that if one of them is not satisfied with the final decision, they have the option of turning to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).'

Pizarro was banned along with Jefferson Farfan, Andres Mendoza and Santiago Acasiete for the alleged incidents at the team hotel following a World Cup qualifier with Brazil in November.

The federation admitted at the time that its case was built on the reports of a television journalist and hotel employees.

Pizarro denied taking part and accused the Peruvian federation of using the incident to cover up what he described as its poor management.

Pizarro, who has struggled at Chelsea since his move from Bayern Munich, welcomed the development, Delgado said.

'Pizarro has the chance to defend himself internationally with judges who are isolated from the local environment,' Delgado told the RPP station.

Peruvian football has been plagued by in-fighting among the directors for years and the country has not qualified for a World Cup since 1982.

The players are often accused of indiscipline but in turn complain of harassment by the country's tabloid newspapers and television stations.