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Peru’s Paolo Guerrero to miss World Cup after testing positive for cocaine

• Captain and all-time leading goalscorer handed 12-month ban by Fifa
• Peru have qualified for a World Cup finals for first time since 1982

Paolo Guerrero, the Peru captain and all-time record goalscorer, has been handed a 12-month ban after testing positive for cocaine, meaning he will miss next summer’s World Cup in Russia.

The 33-year-old striker, who plays for Flamengo in Brazil, had been provisionally suspended by world governing body Fifa after the drug, classified as a stimulant, was found in his system after Peru’s 0-0 draw away to Argentina in a World Cup qualifier in October. He was banned for one year on Friday after failing an anti-doping test.

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