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Peru captain to miss their first World Cup in 36 years due to ban for failed drug test

Former Bayern Munich striker Paolo Guerrero won’t be leading his country to Russia next summer.

Paolo Guerrero in possession for Peru against Argentina.
Paolo Guerrero in possession for Peru against Argentina.
Image: Natacha Pisarenko

PERU CAPTAIN PAOLO Guerrero will miss the World Cup after being banned from football for a year for failing a drugs test, Fifa’s disciplinary committee announced on Friday.

The 33-year-old attacker, who plays for Brazilian giants Flamengo, was handed the ban after “testing positive for cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine”.

The drug control came following a match in Argentine capital Buenos Aires on 5 October, the world football governing body’s watchdog said in a statement.

The former Bayern Munich striker missed Peru’s play-off victory over New Zealand, which made the South American nation the 32nd and last country to qualify for the World Cup, after being provisionally suspended for 30 days for the offence on 3 November.

That suspension was then extended by 20 days on Tuesday before the final verdict was given on Friday.

Guerrero will now miss Peru’s first World Cup since 1982, his country deprived of one of its most important attacking players as it prepares to face France, Australia and Denmark in Group C.

– © AFP 2017

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