Former Swissotel workers have reported irregularities in the Paolo Guerrero case
, saying the tea he drank had been contaminated at the Lima-based hotel, contrary to what has been stated in the past.
"(…) I am sure the contamination occurred at the hotel," Luis Escate —former worker at the accommodation establishment— told a local Domingo al Dia TV show.
Escate admitted he and other servers have remained silent until now in order to keep their jobs.
"Paolo Guerrero had fever and requested a tea with lemon. Then, someone grabbed a container where coca tea had been served first, but did not wash it properly. The tea with lemon was poured and served right there," Obando stated.
Additionally, he reported pressure to hide the truth from Swissotel food and beverage manager Ivan Hoyle.
"He (Hoyle) deterred us from making any comment and changed our testimony. He gave us sheets of papers telling us what to say and said: 'If someone at the Federation asks you something, don't say anything.' Everyone needs to know this, because it is unfair," Obando added.
The star's defense demonstrated —with evidence— that he had never used cocaine. Instead, he had —unknowingly— drunk a contaminated tea.
Then, Guerrero's legal team submitted an appeal to the Swiss Federal Court to suspend the ban imposed on the Peruvian icon.