Guerrero cleared to play World Cup

first_imgWorld Cup Guerrero cleared for World Cup after FIFA reduces drug ban Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 04:38 12/21/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Paolo Guerrero Getty World Cup Peru Serie A Flamengo The forward seemed set to miss his first-ever finals after testing positive for cocaine but his revised suspension will now end before the finals Peru captain Paolo Guerrero will be available to play at the World Cup after his ban for failing a drugs test was reduced by FIFA.The 33-year-old was given a year-long suspension earlier this month after he tested positive for cocaine following a World Cup qualifier in October.FIFA partially upheld his appeal against the sanction after the Appeal Committee of world football’s governing body heard his case. His ban has been reduced to six months, meaning he will become eligible to play again in May next year. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player In a statement, FIFA said: “The FIFA Appeal Committee after taking into account all the circumstances of the case, in particular the degree of fault of the player, considered a six-month period of ineligibility to be a proportionate sanction.”Guerrero tested positive for cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine after a qualifier against Argentina on October 5 and was suspended for an initial 30-day period, which kept him out of his country’s play-off victory over New Zealand.His subsequent year-long ban was backdated to November 3, which initially meant he would not be available for the World Cup finals in Russia, which start next June.Guerrero, who plays for Flamengo, scored five goals in qualifying to help his side secure fifth place in the CONMEBOL section.last_img read more