ANDRE ONANA: Cameroon star’s ban reduced by CAS
The Court of Arbitration for Sport has reduced the 12-month doping ban imposed on Cameroon and Ajax Amsterdam goalkeeper Andre Onana.
Onana, 25, was handed a year-long ban from all football by UEFA in February after traces of the banned substance furosemide were found in his out-of-competition urine sample from October last year.
However, that ban has now been reduced by three months after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) found that he had mistakenly ingested medication that contained the substance rather than attempted to gain any advantage.
“The CAS panel… found that no ‘significant fault’ could be attributed to Andre Onana, who had ingested medication destined for another person in error,” the court ruled.
“On that basis, the panel considered that a nine-month ban was proportionate to the negligence committed and reduced the suspension by three months, but could not accept the goalkeeper’s request for the removal of the suspension entirely.”
The decision means Onana will be eligible to return to football on 4 November 2021, which will still see him miss Cameroon’s 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Malawi, Ivory Coast and Mozambique.