Peru captain Paolo Guerrero to miss 2018 World Cup

Peru's forward Paolo Guerrero

Striker Guerrero had been included in Peru's preliminary 25-man World Cup squad announced on Sunday after an initial six-month ban imposed by world football governing body FIFA expired earlier this month.

Guerrero, 34, tested positive for benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, at a World Cup qualifier against Argentina in October of a year ago.

Guerrero tested positive for cocaine after a World Cup qualifier against Argentina on October 6.

CAS says Guerrero will be banned for 14 months which lasts until January. It reduced the ban in a fast-tracked appeal last December which clearing him to play at the World Cup.

The doping ban that will deprive Peru captain Paolo Guerrero of his long-awaited chance to play at the World Cup is unfair and defies common sense, the world players' union FIFPro said Tuesday.

CAS accepted he did not intend to enhance his performance but ruled that Guerrero bore "some fault or negligence, even if it was not significant".

Peru fans showed their support for him in Geneva. A fan said that he had been looking forward to the World Cup, but with Guerrero's ban, there was nothing to be excited about anymore. They questioned the CAS's intentions for the ban despite admitting that Guerrero was not significantly negligent and his intention was not to enhance his performance.

"WADA, on the other hand, had requested that the Federation Internationale de Football Association decision be set aside and that Paolo Guerrero be sanctioned with a period of ineligibility between 1 and 2 years with an expressed preference for 22 months".

Two weeks ago, the former Bayern Munich striker returned to play for his Brazilian club side Flamengo.

His lawyers said that the Flamengo player had accidentally ingested contaminated tea.

After the match, Guerrero said: "There is no reason for me to be suspended, I did nothing wrong and I trust the court to make the right decision".

This is the second ruling by CAS that has a huge impact on Peru's 2018 World Cup journey. Without the three extra points, Peru would have fallen below Chile and Paraguay in the standings and out of contention.



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