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Flamengo won't pay Peru striker Paolo Guerrero during suspension

Paolo Guerrero is the record scorer of the Peruvian national team.
Paolo Guerrero had a one-year ban reduced to six months in December.

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Peru striker Paolo Guerrero won't be paid by Flamengo due to a six-month doping suspension imposed by FIFA.

The club's legal director said Sunday that Guerrero agrees with the decision not to be paid until he returns to play.

"We are only doing what the contract says," director Flavio Wileman told website "Ser Flamengo" this weekend.

Guerrero has been suspended since Nov. 3. His defense still hopes to get the suspension fully annulled.

Guerrero will still be eligible for the World Cup finals after FIFA's appeal committee reduced his suspension in December from one year to six months.

Guerrero's defense said the striker and Peru captain drank tea contaminated with coca leaves before a World Cup qualifier against Argentina on Oct. 5.


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