Peru international football team captain Paolo Guerrero will miss the 2018 FIFA World Cup after his doping ban has been extended from six to 14 months, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Monday.
The 34-year-old striker tested positive for cocaine following a World Cup qualifier in Argentina in October after drinking a tea containing the substance, CAS said.
It will be the first World Cup for Peru since 1982 as they have qualified for first time in last 36 years but unfortunately Guerrero will not be the part of his team. He was firstly banned for 12 months by FIFA, which was then reduced to six months on appeal. The suspension finished 10 days ago.
“This is very hard for me,” the player said in a recorded message broadcast on Peru’s Canal N. “Today I feel like my dreams, first of playing football and second of playing in a World Cup after 36 years, I feel like they’re gone. “This is a very dark hour, dark due to what I’m going through, but I want to reiterate to my country, to my people, that I have never taken any kind of drugs.
“To the people who’ve contributed to this shameful injustice (I say to them), you are stealing my World Cup and perhaps also my career. I hope you can sleep at night.”
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