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Peru's Guerrero out of World Cup after being given drugs ban

Paolo Guerrero is to miss Russia 2018 after Fifa slapped the Peru captain with a one-year suspension for failing a drugs test in October.

Paolo Guerrero in action for the Peru national team.

Peru captain Paolo Guerrero will miss the World Cup after been banned from football for a year for failing a drugs test, Fifa's disciplinary committee announced on Friday.

Flamengo striker Guerrero tested positive in October

The 33-year-old forward, 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 ex-Bayern Munich striker missed Peru's World Cup play-off victory over New Zealand after being provisionally suspended for 30 days for the offence on 3 November.

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

Russia 2018 is Peru's first World Cup in 36 years

Guerrero will now sit out Peru's first finals since 1982, depriving the country of one of its most important attacking players as it prepares to face France, Australia and Denmark in Group C.


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