Cameroon international Andre Onana has been a key player For AFC Ajax since 2016. He was one of the key members of the side which defeated Real Madrid and Juventus in their run to the Champions League semi-finals.
But unfortunately, the disciplinary body of the European football association, UEFA, has imposed a suspension of 12 months on Andre Onana for a doping violation.
In an official statement on Ajax’s website, it’s stated that: “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.”
It has been confirmed that Onana and Ajax will appeal against the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) as he has been handed a 12-month ban from all football competitions.
Ajax Managing director Edwin van der Sar said: “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. ”
It is a very unfortunate event for a young and budding footballer. Being banned for 12 months will have an adverse effect on him. If he has taken the medicine by mistake, he shouldn’t have been banned for a year. Maybe, CAS will overturn the judgement of UEFA.