Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

Peru Captain Banned From World Cup

Peru Captain Banned From World Cup

The 34-year-old tested positive for cocaine, as well as a banned metabolite (performance enhancing substance) after Peru's World Cup qualifier against Argentina last October.

CAS have today confirmed, however, that they have partially upheld the appeal filed by WADA against the decision issued by the FIFA Appeal Committee and banned the 34-year-old for 14 months, backdated to the start of his six-month ban, meaning he has a further eight months to serve. It accepted that Peru's all-time leading scorer did not intend to enhance his performance but said he was at fault, even if it not significantly. The suspension finished 10 days ago.

Guerrero will now be banned for 14 months — an "appropriate light of Mr. Guerrero's degree of fault" — until January, the court said in a statement.

Having completed the suspension and played two matches for his club Flamengo, Guerrero was handed the extended ban by CAS on Monday.

"This is very hard for me", the player said in a recorded message broadcast on Peru's Canal N.

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Peru will be at this summer's 2018 World Cup for the first time since 1982 after its admirable showing on CONMEBOL's qualifying, but if hopes to do any damage at the tournament, it's going to have to without arguably its best and most high-profile player.

He has scored 32 goals in 83 appearances and is a galvanising presence for his team.

Paolo Guerrero is out, and if that's an unfamiliar name, you're obviously not Peruvian.

Guerrero said he was now discussing what steps to take with his lawyers.

Tea infused with coca leaves, which are used as the raw ingredient in cocaine, is popular in Andean countries and a traditional treatment for altitude sickness.

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