Russia 2018: Increased doping ban knocks out Peru captain

World Cup 2018 By: Ayodeji Tunde | 14/05/2018

FIFA ban Peru captain Paolo Guerrero from 2018 World Cup - FCNaija

Hopes of Peru captain Paolo Guerrero playing at the Russia 2018 World Cup has finally gone up in smoke.

The initial doping ban for Guerrero which had just expired was increased from six to 14 months, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Monday.

Guerrero tested positive for cocaine following a World Cup qualifier in Argentina in October after drinking a tea containing the substance, CAS said.

It accepted that Peru’s all-time leading scorer did not intend to enhance his performance but said he was at fault, even if it not significantly.

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The 34-year-old was initially banned for 12 months by FIFA, which was then reduced to six months on appeal. The suspension finished 10 days ago.

However, CAS partially accepted an appeal from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) which had requested that the sanction be increased to between one and two years