In a statement published by his club, the Ajax of Amsterdam, the Cameroonian goalkeeper André Onana was sanctioned by the disciplinary organ of the UEFA for doping this Friday, February 5, 2021. However, the Dutch club intends to find remedies to cancel the penalty imposed on its goalkeeper, who is the indisputable holder of his post.
The facts for which the 24-year-old Cameroonian goalkeeper was sanctioned date back to 30 October 2020. Andre Onana was tested positive for Furosemide in his urine.UEFA decided to apply the penalty for these types of offences. Andre Onana will not be able to play a match with his club or with the Cameroonian team for a period of one year starting this Friday, February 5.
Ajax Amsterdam intends to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The Dutch club gave the explanation for this positive control. Andre Onana allegedly made a mistake using one of his wife’s medications.
“On the morning of October 30 (2020), Onana felt bad. He wanted to take a pill to relieve himself. Without knowing it, he took Lasimac, a drug his wife had already been prescribed.Onana’s confusion led her to mistakenly take his wife’s medication, which eventually led UEFA to take this action against the goalkeeper. In addition, the disciplinary body of the football association 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 prohibited substance enters his or her body. ‘
Andre Onana has already played 26 matches in all competitions this 2020/2021 season but he will have to miss decisive matches of his team such as the double confrontation against Lille in the 16th Europa League final on 18 and 25 February.