Peru captain Paolo Guerrero free to play at World Cup despite positive cocaine test

Peru captain Paolo Guerrero will be able to play at the World Cup after Fifa’s appeal committee cut his ban for failing a doping test from one year to six months on Wednesday (Dec 20).

The 33-year-old striker, who plays for Flamengo in Brazil, had been suspended by football’s world governing body on Dec 8 after testing positive for the cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine following Peru’s 0-0 draw away to Argentina in a World Cup qualifier in October.

The ban, backdated to start on Nov 3, will now finish in May, just over one month before the start of the tournament in Russia.

“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,” said Fifa.