Previous
Southampton
Tottenham Hotspur
1
1
FT
Game Details
Real Madrid
Deportivo La Coruña
7
1
FT
Game Details
Real Betis
Barcelona
0
0
LIVE 32'
Game Details
Bayern Munich
Werder Bremen
4
2
FT
Game Details
Lyon
Paris Saint-Germain
1
0
LIVE 18'
Game Details
Internazionale
AS Roma
0
1
LIVE 32'
Game Details
Atalanta
Napoli
0
1
FT
Game Details
Cagliari
AC Milan
1
2
FT
Game Details
Fraserburgh
Rangers
Postp
Postponed - Frozen Pitch
Game Details
Heart of Midlothian
Hibernian
1
0
FT
Game Details
Next
PeruPeru
New ZealandNew Zealand
2
0
FT
Leg 2Aggregate: 2 - 0
Game Details
New ZealandNew Zealand
PeruPeru
0
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Peru's Paolo Guerrero provisionally suspended for failing doping test

Peru striker Paolo Guerrero has been provisionally suspended for 30 days after failing a doping test.

The Peruvian Football Federation says in a statement on Friday that FIFA's disciplinary committee made the decision after Guerrero tested positive on Oct. 5 after the World Cup qualifying match against Argentina.

The federation did not disclose the banned substance.

If the decision is upheld, Peru will miss their main striker for both matches against New Zealand in the playoff this month for a place in the World Cup in Russia next year.

The federation said it "believes the facts will soon be clarified and this issue will be permanently solved."

Sources close to the player told ESPN Brazil -- who reported the ban was for a "social drug" -- that Guerrero, a player for Rio de Janeiro giants Flamengo, "didn't know anything" and was "surprised by the news" once relayed to him on Friday.

Paolo Guerrero recorded the lone hat trick in the Copa America in Peru's 3-1 quarterfinal win over Bolivia.
Paolo Guerrero underwent a mandatory doping test following Peru's Oct. 5 match with Argentina.

Earlier Friday, the head of doping control of the Brazilian Football Confederation said Guerrero could still provide evidence that he did not take prohibited substances without warning Peru and Flamengo.

"If Guerrero has justification for this and that justification was offered before the match against Argentina, it is not a doping case," Fernando Solera told channel SporTV.

Solera also said Flamengo showed evidence that Guerrero did not take any illegal substances during his time with the Brazilian club.

Guerrero's lawyers said the player has denied using any type of banned substance.

Four players underwent mandatory doping tests following the match in Buenos Aires: Paulo Dybala and Alejandro "Papu" Gomez of Argentina, and Guerrero and Edison Flores of Peru.

Guerrero scored six times in South American qualifiers and led Peru to fifth place.

Peru's first-leg playoff match against New Zealand will be played at Westpac Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 11. The second leg will be played at the Estadio Nacional de Lima in Peru's capital on Nov. 15.

The Associated Press was used in this report.

Follow @ESPNFC on Twitter to keep up with the latest football updates.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.