Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana has been slapped with a 12-month suspension for failing a doping test.
His Dutch club Ajax Amsterdam confirmed the suspension saying a forbidden substance Furosemide had been found in his urine, following the test in October 2020.
The suspension is effective from February 5 and applies to all football activities.
“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.
“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.”
The Eredivisie log leaders, who are currently seven points clear at the top, are now preparing to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Ajax managing director and former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar described the ban as a “terrible setback”.
“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 12 months, because it was arguably not intended to strengthen his body and thus improve his performance.”
Ajax will now have to do without the Indomitable Lions shot-stopper in their domestic leagues as well as the Europa League. They take on Lille in the last 32 later this month.
The 24-year-old will also miss Cameroon’s upcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in March. The Indomitable Lions have already qualified for AFCON, meaning he will still be out of action when the finals take place next January.
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