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Peru's Paolo Guerrero on FIFA ban: I haven't taken any type of cocaine

Jorge Ramos breaks down each of the five qualified South American teams' groups following the World Cup draw.

Peru captain Paolo Guerrero has denied taking cocaine and feels he is the "victim of an injustice" after FIFA banned him for a year.

Flamengo striker Guerrero failed a drugs test on Oct. 5 after a World Cup qualifying match against Argentina and was provisionally suspended for 30 days.

FIFA said he had "tested positive for cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine, a substance included on WADA's 2017 Prohibited List," and he was last week banned for 12 months, meaning he will miss the 2018 World Cup.

"I...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Peru's Paolo Guerrero gets one-year ban after positive cocaine test

ESPN's Julien Laurens believes France will be very happy after drawing Australia, Peru and Denmark.
ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti predicts who will emerge from each group at the 2018 World Cup.

FIFA has suspended Peru captain Paolo Guerrero for a year after the player tested positive for cocaine, meaning he is set to miss the World Cup.

Last month, Flamengo striker Guerrero was provisionally suspended for 30 days after failing a doping test. The Peru Football Federation said Guerrero had tested positive on Oct. 5 after the World Cup qualifying match against Argentina.

FIFA said he "tested positive for cocaine metabolite benzoylecgonine, a substance included in WADA's 2017 Prohibited List."

 By Ian Holyman

Didier Deschamps: World Cup draw 'could have been worse' for France

ESPN's Julien Laurens believes France will be very happy after drawing Australia, Peru and Denmark.

France coach Didier Deschamps acknowledged Les Bleus' World Cup group "could have been worse" after his heavily fancied side were pitted against Australia, Denmark and Peru.

France will kick off their bid against coachless Australia in Kazan on June 16 before facing Peru in Ekaterinburg and rounding off their Group C fixtures against Denmark in Moscow, playing all three games in 10 frenetic days.

With Spain, England, Croatia and Uruguay among the heavyweight opponents his side avoided, Deschamps...

 By Nick Miller

World Cup Group C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark

ESPN's Julien Laurens believes France will be very happy after drawing Australia, Peru and Denmark.

In all honesty, you would probably fancy a France B-team to do pretty well in this group. The amount of talent Didier Deschamps has to choose from can surely only be held back by Deschamps himself, a limited manager who nonetheless has won himself a new contract ahead of this tournament.

They will surely top the group, and second place looks likely to be a scrap between the rest. Denmark are a solid collective with one outstanding talent in Christian Eriksen, but Australia are still looking for...