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Peru's Paolo Guerrero loses final doping appeal, can't play until April

Paolo Guerrero celebrates after scoring for Peru in their friendly win against Saudi Arabia.
Peru forward Paolo Guerrero was ordered to serve out a 14-month ban by a Swiss court.

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Peru forward Paolo Guerrero has lost his final appeal against a 14-month ban by FIFA for a positive doping test.

Switzerland's supreme court said its judges rejected Guerrero's appeal against FIFA and the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The Swiss Federal Tribunal ruling announced on Thursday delays the 35-year-old player's return to action with Brazilian club Internacional until early April.

Guerrero tested positive for a metabolite of cocaine at a World Cup qualifying game against Argentina in October 2017. He argued he drank contaminated tea.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport extended FIFA's six-month ban to 14 months.

However, a Swiss judge froze the ban last year to let Guerrero play at the World Cup.

Federal judges ordered Guerrero to pay court costs of 7,000 Swiss francs ($6,970), and 8,000 Swiss francs ($7,960) to WADA.

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