Peru Captain Banned From World Cup

Peru Captain Banned From World Cup

Paolo Guerrero, who at one point wasn't heading to the cup and then was, officially won't be at the tournament after the Court of Arbitration for Sport imposed a 14-month ban on the player.

Peru captain Paolo Guerrero will miss this summer's World Cup after his drugs ban was extended.

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

Guerrero's absence will be a significant blow for Peru who have qualified for their first World Cup in 36 years and face Denmark, France and Australia in their Group C. Announcing the extension of the ban now ending in January 2019, CAS said it was the most appropriate course of action considering Guerrero's degree of fault in the matter.

Federation Internationale de Football Association reduced the ban to six months, meaning it ended 10 days ago and technically allowed him to play at the World Cup in Russia but the CAS has now upheld an appeal by WADA.

Peru fans showed their support for him in Geneva.

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The Dutch-based union pointed out the CAS itself had accepted that Peru's all-time leading scorer did not intend to enhance performance and had not knowingly ingested the substance.

Guerrero, who argued he must have ingested the substance in contaminated tea, himself gave an impassioned speech on his official Facebook page in response to the ruling, proclaiming his innocence and claiming he's been robbed of a World Cup. 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.

"What can't be understood is how they can give me a sanction of 14 months, take away my dream which was play a World Cup, without any justification or argument that made sense to me or even you guys".

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

Bolivia fielded an ineligible player in a 2-0 win over Peru, and that result was overturned to a 3-0 loss by default.

"FIFPro considers the ban unfair and disproportionate, and the latest example of a World Anti Doping code that too often leads to inappropriate sanctions, especially when it has been established that there was no intent to cheat", it said.

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