The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled on Thursday that Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana has had his doping ban reduced from twelve to nine months.
The Cameroon international was originally suspended in February by UEFA.
The court stated as quoted by the BBC that “the CAS Panel also found that no “significant fault” could be attributed to André Onana who had ingested medication destined for another person in error,”
“On that basis, the Panel considered that a 9-month ban was proportionate to the negligence committed and reduced the suspension by 3 months, but could not accept the goalkeeper’s request for the removal of the suspension entirely.”
The international court of arbitration for sport (CAS) has made a ruling appeal in the case of André Onana versus the UEFA. The goal keeper was previously suspended for twelve months by the European football association because of a violation of the doping rules.
— AFC Ajax (@AFCAjax) June 10, 2021
During an “out of competition” check on October 30 2020, traces of Furosemide was found in Onana’s urine which he later explained he had taken a pill containing the banned substance instead of taking aspirin.
This means that Onana will miss the start of next season for Ajax until November but he will be available for Cameroon’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign in January.
According to Goal, Arsenal had been waiting on the decision of the verdict before deciding on whether to make a move for Onana this summer.