Peru Captain, Paolo Guerrero To Miss 2018 World Cup After Being Banned For Taking Cocaine

Football governing body, FIFA, has banned Peru captain Paolo Guerrero, for one-year after being found guilty of taking cocaine, and will miss 2018 World Cup in Russia.

According to Mail Online Sport, the 33-year-old South American striker, who plays for Flamengo in Brazil, had been provisionally suspended after failing a doping test following Peru's World Cup qualifier against Argentina in Buenos Aires in October.

In a statement by World football's governing body, they said the  Disciplinary Committee had found that Guerrero had violated article six of the organisation's Anti-Doping Regulations.

The striker who has 82 caps for his country and 32 goals in total, will be a huge miss for Peru as a leader and goal-scorer. 

Peru qualified for the World Cup finals for the first time since 1982 by beating New Zealand in a two-legged playoff. Guerrero missed both of those matches.

The South American country who is in group C, will face France, Australia and Denmark at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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