Andre Onana: Ajax goalkeeper handed 12-month suspension for doping violation

Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana has been suspended for 12 months by UEFA after he failed a doping check final October.

The suspension is efficient as of February 5, and can apply to all soccer actions at each nationwide and worldwide degree.

An out-of-competition test discovered Furosemide within the Cameroon worldwide’s urine, however Ajax declare Onana took it “unwittingly” after feeling unwell, with the participant himself calling it “the result of human mistake”.

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“On the morning of 30 October Onana did not feel well. He wanted to take a tablet. Unwittingly, however, he took Lasimac, a drug that his wife had previously been prescribed,” an Ajax assertion stated.

Ajax stated they’d attraction the ruling on the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

The membership added: “Onana made a mistake with the product and mistakenly took his wife’s medicine, which ultimately led to UEFA’s action against the goalkeeper. The football association’s disciplinary body ruled that he did not intend to cheat. However, the European Football Association believes that, according to the prevailing anti-doping rules, an athlete has a duty at all times to ensure that no prohibited substances enter the body.”

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Andre Onana performed each Champions League group video games in opposition to Liverpool earlier this season – Ajax misplaced each 1-0

Onana launched a press release on Instagram on Friday afternoon, stating he hopes to be again enjoying quickly after he fights to show his innocence.

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He stated: “I just want to clarify that everything was the result of human mistake. I mistook a medicine containing a substance banned by WADA for a simple aspirin. The medicine prescribed to my girlfriend and I mistakenly took it for an aspirin because the packaging was almost identical, which I deeply regret.

“I’ve to say that I respect the UEFA Appeals Body, however I don’t share their resolution on this case. I contemplate it extreme and disproportionate because it has been acknowledged by UEFA that it was an unintentional mistake. Everyone is aware of that I dwell a really wholesome life, and since I began my sporting profession, I’ve at all times been strongly in opposition to using doping and I condemn any unsportsmanlike conduct.

“I am 24 years old and during the last few seasons I have been lucky enough to play almost every minute both for Ajax and for my national team, being named the best goalkeeper in Holland for the last four years and in Africa for the last three years. I want to say that I have no need to resort to doping to further enhance my sporting career.

“I’ll attraction the choice earlier than the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to show my innocence and clear my identify. I hope to be again on the pitch quickly doing what I really like and assist my team-mates. I wish to thank Ajax and the Cameroon nationwide crew for their assist and confidence in me.”

Ajax’s managing director Edwin van der Sar stated: “We explicitly renounce performance-enhancing drugs; we stand for a clean sport. This is a terrible setback, for Andre himself but certainly also for us as a club.

“Andre is a high goalkeeper who has confirmed his value for Ajax for a few years and could be very in style with the followers. We had hoped for a conditional suspension or a a lot shorter one than this twelve months, as a result of it was demonstrably not meant to strengthen his physique and thus enhance his efficiency.”

Ajax presently cleared the path within the Eredivisie, holding a seven-point lead over PSV Eindhoven, whereas within the Europa League they face Lille within the spherical of 32 later this month.

The lack of Onana, except the ban is overturned, will come as an enormous blow given the goalkeeper has been an integral member of the aspect for 5 years.

After coming by way of the ranks at Barcelona, Onana joined Ajax in 2015, and this season he had saved 9 clear sheets in 20 league video games.

He additionally performed each minute of their Champions League group-stage marketing campaign, the place they completed third behind Liverpool and Atalanta to drop right down to the Europa League.

Haller unable to play EL as a consequence of Ajax admin error

Ajax’s file signing Sebastien Haller is not going to be eligible to play within the the rest of the 2020/21 Europa League marketing campaign as a consequence of an administrative error.

Haller joined the Dutch membership on a four-and-a-half-year contract from West Ham for £20.2m in January, 18 months after the Hammers paid Eintracht Frankfurt £45m for the ahead however did not register the participant of their Europa League squad on Wednesday.

Ajax had been in discussions with UEFA and KNVB (Dutch FA) concerning the difficulty however now settle for the membership’s file signing will solely be accessible in home competitors.

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