Ajax’s Cameroonian worldwide goalkeeper Andre Onana has been suspended for one yr for doping, the Dutch membership mentioned on Friday.
The membership mentioned in a press release Onana had “mistakenly” taken his spouse’s medication which had led to the banned diuretic Furosemide showing in his urine.
Onana posted on social media mentioned that “all the pieces was the results of a human mistake.”
“I mistook a medication containing a substance banned by WADA for a easy aspirin,” he wrote on Twitter and Instagram.
He mentioned he thought of the punishment “extreme and disproportionate because it has been acknowledged by UEFA that it was an unintentional mistake.”
Onana and Ajax each mentioned they might attraction on the Court docket of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Ajax mentioned that they had hoped Onana would obtain a shorter ban as a result of the substance was “arguably” not a efficiency booster.
“On the morning of October 30, Onana was feeling unwell,” the membership mentioned in a press release.
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“He needed to take a capsule to ease the discomfort. Unknowingly, nonetheless, he took Lasimac, a drug that his spouse had beforehand been prescribed.
“Onana’s confusion resulted in him mistakenly taking his spouse’s medication, finally inflicting this measure to be taken by UEFA towards the goalkeeper.”
“We had hoped for a conditional suspension or for a suspension a lot shorter than these 12 months, as a result of it was arguably not meant to strengthen his physique and thus enhance his efficiency,” mentioned Ajax’s managing director Edwin van der Sar, the previous Manchester United goalkeeper.
Onana mentioned that after “being named the most effective goalkeeper in Holland for the final 4 years advert in Africa for the final three years…I’ve no have to resort to doping to additional improve my sporting profession.”
It’s the second main setback this week for Ajax who admitted Thursday that that they had made a “enormous” mistake in failing to register report signing Sebastien Haller for the rest of their Europa League marketing campaign.
The Franco-Ivorian striker joined the membership from West Ham in early January for a membership report 22.5 million euros ($26.9 million) and should have been included on their Europa League roster however in some way was ignored.
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