Ajax, Onana to appeal goalkeeper's 12-month ban

Ajax, Onana to appeal goalkeeper's 12-month ban
Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana

by Staff Reporter

Saturday Feb 06, 2021. 10:00

Ajax Amsterdam have revealed that they along with Andre Onana intend to appeal the goalkeeper’s 12-month ban following a doping violation, at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

On Friday, it was revealed that the disciplinary body of the European football association, Uefa, had imposed a suspension of 12 months effective immediately on the Cameroon international for an “out of competition” check on October 30 last year after Furosemide was found in his urine.

“I have to say that I respect the Uefa Appeals Body, but I do not share their decision in this case,” Onana said.

“I consider it excessive and disproportionate and as it has been acknowledged by Uefa that is was an unintentional mistake.”

“Everyone knows that I lead a very healthy life, and since I started my sporting career, I have always been strongly against any use of doping and I condemn any unsportsmanlike conduct

“I want to say that I have no need to resort to doping to further enhance my sporting career.”

Ajax Amsterdam have come to the support of the 24-year-old and said in a statement: “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.”

Ajax Managing director Edwin van der Sar added: “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.”

If the appeal is upheld, Onana will miss the rescheduled 2021 Africa Cup of Nations set to be hosted in Cameroon next January.

The Indomitable Lions shot-stopper has kept 83 clean sheets in 204 appearances for Ajax.

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