Ajax and Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana has been banned from football for a year for a doping violation. The 24-year-old failed an out-of-competition drugs test in October when the banned substance furosemide was found in his urine sample.
Ajax said Onana had mistakenly taken medication prescribed for his wife while feeling unwell. The club and Onana will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the suspension, imposed by Uefa. “We explicitly renounce performance-enhancing drugs – we obviously stand for a clean sport,” said Ajax managing director Edwin van der Sar.
“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 12 months, because it was arguably not intended to strengthen his body and thus improve his performance.”
Ajax said in a statement that Uefa had agreed Onana had not intentionally cheated but that the governing body believed “an athlete has a duty at all times to ensure that no banned substances enter the body”. Onana, who has 18 Cameroon caps, had kept nine clean sheets in 20 Eredivisie matches this season.