Ajax Amsterdam and Cameroun goalkeeper Andre Onana
UEFA has banned Ajax Amsterdam and Cameroun goalkeeper Andre Onana for 12 months for a doping violation.
According to a club statement, the substance Furosemide was found in Onana’s urine sample following a drugs test on October 30 last year.
The suspension is effective from today and applies to all football activities, both national and international.
According to the club, the Camerounian keeper mistakenly took his wife’s medicine after he felt unwell on October 30 last year.
“On the morning of October 30, Onana was feeling unwell. He wanted to take a pill to ease the discomfort. Unknowingly, however, he took Lasimac, a drug that his wife had previously been prescribed. Onana’s confusion resulted in him mistakenly taking his wife’s medicine, ultimately causing this measure to be taken by UEFA against the goalkeeper,” the statement said.
“Furthermore, the disciplinary body of the football association has stated that Onana had no intention of cheating. However, the European Football Association believes, on the basis of the applicable anti-doping rules, that an athlete has a duty at all times to ensure that no banned substances enter the body”.
Onana and Ajax intend to appeal the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Managing director of Ajax Edwin van der Sar said: “We explicitly renounce performance-enhancing drugs, we obviously stand for a clean sport. This is a terrible setback, for Andre himself but certainly also for us as a club. Andre is a top goalkeeper, who has proven his worth for Ajax for years and is very popular with the fans. We had hoped for a conditional suspension or for a suspension much shorter than these twelve months, because it was arguably not intended to strengthen his body and thus improve his performance.”