Andre Onana: The case of a Cameroonian keeper will be heard at CAS on June 2nd.
On June 2, Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana will appeal a year-long doping ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
The Ajax player was suspended in February after failing an out-of-competition test for a prohibited substance – furosemide – in October.
Since the ban was imposed, he has been unable to play or train with his team, which was crowned Dutch champions on May 2nd.
Ajax stated at the time of the punishment that Onana had taken medication prescribed for his wife by mistake.
That was not contested by Uefa, the governing body of European football, which brought the charge.
Nonetheless, they imposed a 12-month suspension, which, if upheld, will cause him to miss the postponed Africa Cup of Nations in his home country, as well as the majority of another season for Ajax. The Dutch giants won their 35th league title earlier this month, a feat in which Onana played a significant role prior to his suspension. However, he was forced to observe the festivities from a safe distance.
The Dutch players’ union, the VVCS, as well as the global umbrella body Fifpro, have come out in support of Onana’s situation.
Fifpro criticized the length of the suspension as well as the fact that Onana is unable to train with his teammates while the suspension is in effect.
His appeal will be heard by CAS in early June – via video link due to Covid-19 restrictions – but a decision may take some time.
According to CAS, there is “no fixed timeframe” for a decision on any appeal to be made.