Friday, February 5, 2021
Cameroonian Andre Onana, Ajax Amsterdam’s goalkeeper, was suspended for 12 months by UEFA after he failed a doping test on 30 October.
Press reports revealed that the suspension will take effect from Friday, February 5, 2021, and will apply to all football activities at the national and international levels.
But Ajax issued an official statement and announced that he would file an appeal against Onanas punishment in the sports court, noting that the team guard had accidentally taken his wife’s medicine after he felt unwell.
“On the morning of October 30, 2020, Onana was not feeling well. He wanted to take a tablet. But he inadvertently took Lasimac, a drug his wife had previously prescribed,” said Ajax’s statement.
He added, “Onanas confusion resulted in him accidentally taking his wife’s medication, which ultimately led to this action by UEFA against the goalkeeper.”
“Moreover, the disciplinary body of the Football Association stated that Onana does not intend to cheat. However, UEFA believes, on the basis of the applicable anti-doping rules, that the athlete has an obligation at all times to ensure that no prohibited substances enter the body”.
Ajax concluded his statement: “Onana and Ajax will appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).”