Published: Wed, May 16, 2018

Peru captain Guerrero banned from World Cup in doping case

Peru captain Guerrero banned from World Cup in doping case

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.

CAS says Guerrero will be banned for 14 months which lasts until January.

Guerrero had a ban over taking an illegal substance instituted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, following an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency to extend an initial sixth-month ban from Federation Internationale de Football Association, which had been shortened from its first length through an appeal by the player.

Peru will be at this summer's 2018 World Cup for the first time since 1982 after its admirable showing on CONMEBOL's qualifying, but if hopes to do any damage at the tournament, it's going to have to without arguably its best and most high-profile player.

Guerrero, Peru's record goalscorer, was banned for six months past year after a positive doping test, but that was extended to 14 months on Monday by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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.

"However, the panel considered that the player did bear some fault or negligence, even if it was not significant, and that he could have taken some measures to prevent him from committing the (doping violations)", the court said.

But WADA effectively retaliated, appealing to CAS to uphold their original sanction. They reduced the ban in a fast-tracked appeal last December which clearing him to play at the World Cup.

Capped 86 times for his country, the experienced striker now plays for the Brazilian club Flamengo.

Guerrero scored his first goal on Sunday since the suspension, a header in Flamengo's 3-2 defeat at Chapecoense in the Brazilian championship.

Bolivia fielded an ineligible player in a 2-0 win over Peru, and that result was overturned to a 3-0 loss by default. The three points helped Peru qualify for the playoffs- where they beat New Zealand to make it to Russia- at the expense of Chile.

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