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The Peruvian Football Federation have officially confirmed that captain Paolo Guerrero has been chosen in the Peru national football team's FIFA World Cup 2018 squad following the expiration of a narcotics ban. Paolo Guerrero sought to have the FIFA AC Decision set aside and replaced by a new decision in which no sanction was imposed on him.

Guerrero tested positive for cocaine following a World Cup qualifier in Argentina in October after drinking a tea containing the substance, CAS said.

Guerrero, 34, tested positive for benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine, at a World Cup qualifier against Argentina in October of past year.

The global governing body of soccer Federation Internationale de Football Association lowered the embargo by half, six months, but the World Anti-Doping Agency filed a petition before the Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport to increase the punishment to between one and a couple of years.

The centre-forward has also previously represented Bayern Munich - scoring 13 times in 44 appearances for the German giants between 2004 and 2006 before leaving for Hamburger SV.

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Announcing the extension of the ban now ending in January 2019, CAS said it was the most appropriate course of action considering Guerrero's degree of fault in the matter. Taking into account the circumstances of the case, the FIFA AC imposed a 6-month period of ineligibility on the Player, instead of the 1-year minimum suspension provided by the FIFA Anti-Doping Regulations, applicable in case of no significant fault or negligence.

Guerrero has 32 goals for his country in 86 appearances.

"However, the panel considered that the player did bear some fault or negligence, even if it was not significant, and that he could have taken some measures to prevent him from committing the (doping violations)", the court said.

"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". Without the three extra points, Peru would have fallen below Chile and Paraguay in the standings and out of contention.


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