Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana banned for 12 months by UEFA for doping after failing a drugs test

Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana has been hit with a 12-month ban by UEFA after being deemed to have breached doping violations.

The 24-year-old had the banned substance Furosemide found in his urine during an ‘out of competition’ check on October 30 last year.

Dutch giants Ajax have sought to offer further context on the situation by issuing a full statement, and have confirmed the ban will be appealed in due course to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

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Andre Onana failed a drugs test in October 2020 after showing Furosemide in his urine

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On Friday, Ajax outlined: ‘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, ultimately causing this measure to be taken by UEFA against the goalkeeper.’

Ajax managing director, former Manchester United goalkeeper, Edwin van der Sar said: ‘We explicitly renounce performance-enhancing drugs, we obviously stand for a clean sport. 

Ajax have said the taking of the substance occurred when Onana was ‘unwell’ and in his ‘confusion’ mistakenly took Lasimac medicine which had been prescribed for his wife

‘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.’ 

Onana is regarded as one of the top emerging goalkeepers in European football, and started his career in the game after being picked up by Barcelona via the Samuel Eto’o academy.

Learning his craft at Barca’s famed La Masia finishing school, Onana switched to the youth ranks of Ajax in 2015, before quickly breaking through to become the first team stopper.

Onana was heavily linked with Chelsea last summer to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga (right)

Last summer the 24-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Chelsea, as the Blues searched for a replacement for Kepa Arrizabalaga. They ultimately decided on a move for Frenchman Edouard Mendy from Rennes.

Onana is also the first choice goalkeeper of the Cameroon national team, and has made 18 international appearances. 

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