Only one week before the first of the two most important matches in the last 35 years of soccer history in Peru, an unexpected problem arises…
Thursday, November 2, the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) received a terrible notification stating one adverse result on an anti-doping test performed to players Paolo Guerrero and Edison Flores.
This was just another wave of bad news for Paolo Guerrero fans; last week the star player experienced an edema that generated concern to all fans expecting a good performance from this world-class striker, you can read the entire article here.
Nevertheless, the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) specifies these are inconclusive results that can or cannot be linked directly to the consumption of prohibited substances.
In some cases, these results can be caused by the use of some specific types of medication used during therapeutical treatments, especially those containing a lot of testosterone.
FIFA decided to give “The Predator” a provisional punishment for 30 days, meaning that he will not be able to play none of these 2 coming matches against New Zealand. These demolishing news not only affect fans who relied on his skills to score vital goals for Peru’s qualification, but they also leave Paolo out of a process that he said would not let him sleep until completed. You can see the video at this link.
Said anti-doping tests were taken before Peru’s match against Argentina in “La Bombonera”. Fortunately, the test performed to the other star striker of the team, Edinson Flores, came back with negative results.
Today, it was announced the substance found in Paolo’s exams was benzoylecgonine, a cocaine metabolite used to prepare analgesics.