December 20, 2017 / 8:49 PM / 9 months ago

Soccer-Peru captain Guerrero free to play at World Cup after ban cut

ZURICH, Dec 20 (Reuters) - 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.

Guerrero, 33, who plays for Flamengo in Brazil, had been suspended by world governing body FIFA on Dec. 8 after testing positive for cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine after 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. (Reporting by Mitra Taj in Lima and Brian Homewood in Zurich,; Editing by Neville Dalton)

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