Peru’s Skipper To Miss The FIFA World Cup Russia
Peru Skipper Banned & Miss out 2018 FIFA WC
Guerrero, Peru’s all-time leading goalscorer, tested positive for cocaine after a FIFA World Cup qualifier against Argentina in October. The 33-year-old was provisionally banned and missed his nation’s playoff win over New Zealand, with FIFA announcing on Friday he would serve a one-year suspension.
“The player tested positive for cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine, a substance included in Wada’s 2017 Prohibited List under the class ‘S6. Stimulants’, following a doping control test conducted after the match,” Fifa said in a statement. “By testing positive for a prohibited substance, the player has violated article 6 of the Fifa Anti-Doping Regulations and, as such, contravened article 63 of the Fifa Disciplinary Code.”
Guerrero is arguably Peru’s most important player, scoring five goals in qualifying as the South American’s qualified for their first FIFA World Cup in 36 years. The Flamengo striker, who has also played for German giants Bayern Munich, made his international debut in 2004 and has 83 caps, scoring 32 goals.
The Ban of Guerrero will be a disappointment to the Peru National Team. The team was placed in Group-C of 2018 FIFA World Cup, in which it has to face Denmark, France & Australia in the Group stage.