FIFA Bans Peru Captain For Cocaine Use
The captain of Peru’s national football team, Paolo Guerrero, has been hit with a one-year ban by FIFA after failing an anti-doping test for cocaine.
The development will definitely have an adverse effect on Peru's hopes at next year's World Cup finals as their captain and all-time record goal scorer will be missing.
The 33-year-old striker, who plays for Flamengo in Brazil, had been provisionally suspended by world governing body FIFA after the drug, classified as a stimulant, was found in his system after Peru's 0-0 draw away to Argentina in a World Cup qualifier in October.
"The player tested positive for cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine, a substance included in WADA's 2017 Prohibited List under the class 'S6. Stimulants', following a doping control test conducted after the match," FIFA said in a statement.
"By testing positive for a prohibited substance, the player has violated article 6 of the FIFA Anti-Doping Regulations and, as such, contravened article 63 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code."
Peru qualified for the World Cup finals for the first time since 1982 by beating New Zealand in a two-legged playoff. Guerrero missed both matches.
His ban will be back-dated to November 3 and will apply to international, domestic and official friendly fixtures.
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