The international sports tribunal CAS has ruled on appeal in the case of Ajax keeper André Onana against UEFA. Earlier, he was suspended for 12 months by the disciplinary body of the European Football Association for the determination of a doping violation.
The CAS has now ruled on appeal that the suspension will be shortened to nine months.
The suspension will end on November 4, 2021 and until then will affect all of the Cameroonian’s football activities, both nationally and internationally. The closing post of Ajax may resume its training activities two months before the end of the suspension, on September 4, 2021.
Onana still has a contract in Amsterdam that runs until June 30, 2022. But after the contract extension of Maarten Stekelenburg and the arrival of Remko Pasveer, it is likely that Onana will leave Amsterdam.
The goalkeeper was found to have Furosemide in his urine after an ‘out of competition’ check on October 30 last year. According to Onana, he was tested positive at the time because he accidentally took a pill from his wife while he wanted to take an aspirin. That pill contained the banned substance.
“We were able to present the case well to the CAS, with a thorough investigation into case law,” says Dolf Segaar, Onana’s lawyer.
“To join Edwin van der Sar: we have made 3 months gains compared to the previous ruling. And also 11 to 15 months compared to the original UEFA requirement, namely 20 to 24 months suspension. That is a good result, although we would have liked it to be lower.”