Peru captain to miss World Cup after doping ban increased

Peru captain to miss World Cup after doping ban increased

The ban, backdated to November, was reduced to six months less than two weeks later after the player protested to FIFA's appeal committee, meaning he was eligible for the World Cup.

Peru captain Paolo Guerrero will miss out on playing at next month's Fifa World Cup in Russian Federation after the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency to extend an already-served six-month ban.

Peru Paolo Guerrero has been banned from the World Cup for doping.

The footballer's ban lapsed this month, but on Monday (NZT Tuesday) the court ruled Guerrero would now serve a 14 months suspension - an "appropriate sanction in light of Mr Guerrero's degree of fault".

Guerrero tested positive for Benzoylecgonine - which is a metabolite of cocaine - at a 2018 World Cup qualifying game against Argentina in October.

Given this summer will be Peru's first World Cup since 1982 and that Guerrero is 34, the achievement of securing a World Cup berth was made all the more valuable-and the disappointment of not being able to go all the more painful.

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News of extension of the ban was not well received among Peru fans.

Both FIFA and the Court of Arbitration for Sport agreed Guerrero did not knowingly ingest the substance and that there was no performance-enhancing effect.

In a statement, CAS said: The CAS Panel confirmed the existence of an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) committed by Mr Guerrero but also accepted that he did not attempt to enhance his performance by ingesting the prohibited substance. Peru's captain and all-time leading scorer, Guerrero has become a lightning rod for Peru supporters, who showed up in masses to welcome him back to Lima after the CAS ruling was handed down.

Former Bayern Munich player Guerrero has scored 32 goals in 86 appearances for his country.

"To the people who've contributed to this shameful injustice (I say to them), you are stealing my World Cup and perhaps also my career".

Guerrero's appeal against the ban was upheld. The first one was being awarded a default win over their opponents, Bolivia, who were found guilty of fielding an ineligible player.

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