Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Federation Internationale de Football Association bans Peru captain

Federation Internationale de Football Association bans Peru captain

Cocaine is categorized as a stimulant and is on the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) list of performance-enhancing substances.

The drug control came following a match in Argentine capital Buenos Aires on October 5, the world football governing body's watchdog said in a statement.

Last week, Peru was drawn into a World Cup group with face France, Denmark and Australia.

Peru captain Paolo Guerrero has been suspended for one year by Federation Internationale de Football Association for testing positive for a banned substance, meaning he will be ineligible as Peru makes its return to the World Cup for the first time since 1982.

Guererro will be a huge miss for Peru as a leader and goal-scorer.

Guerrero has made 82 appearances for his country since making his debut in 2004 aged 19, and has scored a record 32 goals.

This story has been corrected to show that Guerreo led the team with six goals in World Cup qualifying, not five.

When Fifa provisionally banned Guerrero while prosecuting the case, he missed Peru's decisive intercontinental playoff win over New Zealand.

His ban will be back-dated to November 3 and will apply to worldwide, domestic and official friendly fixtures.

Flamengo has also reached the Copa Sudamericana final against Argentina's Independiente, but Guerrero has missed the semifinals and final since his provisional ban was handed down.

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