For failing an out-of-competition drug test, Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana was given a 12-month ban, with the club saying their number one inadvertently took medication prescribed for his wife.
The Eredivisie club announced that UEFA had suspended the Cameroon international after it detected the illegal substance Furosemide in its urine following a test in October 2020.
The ban for doping is effective as of 5 February and extends to all football activities.
A statement on the Ajax website says: “On the morning of October 30, Onana felt unwell. To ease the discomfort, he wanted to take a pill. Unknowingly, however, he took Lasimac, a drug that had previously been prescribed by his wife.”
Onana’s misunderstanding resulted in him accidentally taking medication from his child, eventually prompting UEFA to take this action against the goalkeeper.
“Furthermore, the disciplinary body of the football association has stated that Onana had no intention of cheating. However, the European Football Association believes, based on the applicable anti-doping rules, that an athlete has a duty at all times to ensure that no banned substances enter the body.”
The Dutch club, currently at the top of the Eredivisie with seven straightforward points, has announced that it will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Edwin van der Sar, managing director of Ajax and former goalkeeper, said: “We explicitly renounce performance-enhancing drugs, we stand for a clean sport.”
“For Andre himself, but also for us as a club, this is a terrible setback. Andre is a top goalkeeper, who for years has proved his worth for Ajax and is very famous with the fans.