It seems that controversy is refusing to drift away from the Peru National Football team at the moment. A couple of weeks ago, sources claimed that they might be disqualified from the FIFA World Cup after Peruvian Congresswoman Paloma Noceda expressed the desire for the Institute of Sport to control the Peru football association. This is highly against the FIFA guidelines which state that no state is allowed to interfere in the activities of the country’s footballing association.
Well for good measures, Noceda’s desire hasn’t seen the daylight yet and it has been a week since the world cup draw has concluded.
Just when things were looking less strenuous for the South Americans, it was revealed that their star striker Paolo Guerrero will be missing next year’s mega event. The star striker was accused of failing a dope test during an earlier game and was even left out of the squad that took on New Zealand in the intercontinental play-offs.
FIFA sent out an official statement in their website on Friday and it reads:
On 7 December 2017, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee decided, after analyzing all the specific circumstances of the case, to suspend the Peruvian international player Paolo Guerrero for one year. The player tested positive for cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine, a substance included in WADA’s 2017 Prohibited List under the class “S6. Stimulants”, following a doping control test conducted after the match of the preliminary competition of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ played in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 5 October 2017.
By testing positive for a prohibited substance, the player has violated article 6 of the FIFA Anti-Doping Regulations and, as such, contravened article 63 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code.
The suspension period starts on 3 November 2017, the date on which the player was provisionally suspended by the chairman of the FIFA Disciplinary Committee. In line with article 29 of the FIFA Anti-Doping Regulations, the suspension covers, inter alia, all types of matches, including domestic, international, friendly and official fixtures. The terms of the decision were duly notified today.
The Peruvian striker, who is the 7th in the all-time list in terms of national caps, is Peru’s highest ever goalscorer with 33 goals. The 33-year was instrumental in his country’s qualification to football’s biggest stage after 36 long years scoring 5 times during the qualifiers. The Peruvian skipper has also won two Copa America golden boots consecutively in 2011 and 2015 netting 5 times in each edition.
The World Cup draw sees La Blanquirroja in the tricky Group C with France, Denmark and Australia. It is needless to say that Ricardo Gareca’s side will be missing their skipper and star forward pretty much in Russia.