Ajax Amsterdam goalkeeper Andre Onan has been suspended for 12 months for violating anti-doping rules, according to the soccer club’s website.
“The UEFA disciplinary body imposed a 12-month suspension on Onan for a doping violation. Furosemide was found in the goalkeeper’s urine sample taken out of the competition last October 30. The disqualification is effective as of today and applies to all soccer events, both national and international,” the statement said.
Ajax reports that the 24-year-old Cameroonian felt ill on Oct. 30 and then mistakenly took medicine that was intended for his wife. The disciplinary body said the goalkeeper did not intend to “cheat.” However, UEFA believes that the athlete is obliged to constantly monitor that banned substances do not enter his body. It is noted that Onana and Ajax intend to appeal the UEFA decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
“We categorically refuse performance-enhancing drugs, we stand for pure sport,” said Ajax CEO Edwin van der Sar. – It’s a terrible setback, both for Andre and the club. We were hoping for a conditional or much shorter suspension than these twelve months, because it (the player’s action) was probably not aimed at strengthening his body and, therefore, at improving his performance.”
Onana has played 26 games for Ajax this season, playing nine of them on goal.