The disciplinary authority of the European Union “UEFA” imposed a 12-month ban on Cameroonian Andre Onana, the Dutch goalkeeper of Ajax, for his failure to detect doping.
Furosemide was found in his urine, following a test conducted by the guard on October 30th.
The suspension will start from today, February 5, for all sporting activities at the international and local levels.
Ajax club said in its statement: “On the morning of October 30, Onana was feeling unwell. He wanted to take a pill to relieve the discomfort. However, without his knowledge, he took Lasimac, a drug that his wife had previously prescribed.”
“Onana’s confusion led to him accidentally taking his wife’s medicine, which ultimately caused this action by the European Union against the goalkeeper.”
“Moreover, the disciplinary body of the Football Association stated that Onana does not intend to cheat. However, on the basis of the applicable anti-doping rules, it is believed that the athlete has a duty at all times to ensure that no prohibited substances enter the body.”
The disciplinary body of the European football association, UEFA, has imposed a suspension of 12 months on Andre Onana for a doping violation.
— AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) February 5, 2021
The Dutch club added through its statement that it will appeal the decision with the goalkeeper in the Arbitration Sport Court.
Edwin van der Sar, managing director, commented, “This is a terrible setback for Unana and certainly for us as a club. Andre is the best goalkeeper, who has proven his worth with Ajax for years and is very popular with the fans.”
He continued, “We were hoping for a conditional or suspension for a much shorter period of 12 months, because it was not intended to strengthen his body and thus improve his performance.”
The 24-year-old Cameroonian has played 26 games this season, has met 22 goals in all competitions and kept 9 clean sheets.
The former Barcelona goalkeeper for youth has played 204 matches for Ajax since joining in 2016, he has scored 180 goals and scored 83 clean sheets.