Peru was given a major blow ahead of next year’s World Cup.
FIFA announced Friday that forward Paolo Guerrero has ben handed a one-year ban after testing positive for cocaine, a prohibited substance, meaning Peru will be without it’s all-time leading goalscorer and captain for the World Cup.
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Guerrero took a random drug test on October 5 in Buenos Aires after a World Cup qualifying match at Argentina. He was initially suspended for the last two World Cup qualifying matches, which saw Peru overcome New Zealand to qualify for Russia 2018. With his suspension, Guerrero will be unable to play in games, official or friendly, for 365 days from November 3, 2017.
Guerrero can still appeal this decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). In the moments since the decision was announced, fans have been making their feelings known on social media.