Ajax star handed 12-month doping ban

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Ajax Amsterdam goalkeeper Andre Onana has been suspended for 12 months by UEFA after failing an out of competition drug test.

The Cameroon international has been suspended for a period of 12 months, effective from 5 February, after he tested positive for having traces of the forbidden substance Furosemide in his urine during a test taken in October 2020.

Ajax have confirmed that the club will appeal the 24-year-old's suspension and claimed that the former FC Barcelona academy star had accidentally ingested the medicine prescribed to his wife rather than his own. 

"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," the Eredivisie giants said in an official statement.

"Onana’s confusion resulted in him mistakenly taking his wife's medicine, ultimately causing this measure to be taken by UEFA 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, on the basis of the applicable anti-doping rules, that an athlete has a duty at all times to ensure that no banned substances enter the body."

Pending the outcome of the appeal, Onana could now be at risk of missing the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations on home soil, with the rescheduled tournament set to get underway in Cameroon in January next year.

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