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Onana's positive doping test was stupid bad luck- Van der Sar explains

Sat 06 February 2021 | 15:29

Ajax have been shocked to find out that their shot-stopper has failed a doping test and been banned by UEFA for 12 months.

Ajax

goalkeeper

Andre Onana

is not allowed to play for 12 months after his doping contravention and he has been backed by the club CEO

Edwin van der Sar

.

From February 5, the 24-year-old is banned from playing or training as they found a banned substance Furosemide in his doping test. Although Van der Sar cannot prove it, he believes the Cameroon international’s explanation of the event, which is he has accidentally used his wife’s pill instead of an aspirin.

A club statement said: "

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."

Van der Sar describes the situation as a “stupid bad luck”.

I am 100% convinced that the positive doping test was the result of a misunderstanding

,” Van der Sar said.

"

During the international break in November we received a message from UEFA that Andre had been detected with a banned substance in his urine during an 'out of competition' check at De Toekomst (Ajax’s training base).

“That was a huge shock for us and the same was obviously true for him when we sought contact with him in Cameroon.

“A few days after the UEFA message, he came directly to De Toekomst from Schiphol [Airport] and we went to his bathroom with the doctor, where we took all the medication and anything that looked like it for examination.

Andre was not feeling well on the day of the check-up and thought he had taken a headache tablet, but it turned out that he had taken a pill from a strip of his wife's medicine, which she had been prescribed after the pregnancy of their first child. It looked quite similar in name and the packaging. And the strips were loose in his locker. It's stupid bad luck."

The substance found did not have any performance-enhancing qualities, which would support Onana’s claim that it was all an accident.

"

It doesn't make you stronger or faster. Andre, who has been checked many times, is the undisputed number one with us and Cameroon and is highly regarded by all top clubs. You don't get that from one pill,"

he continued.

When asked about the substance working as a masking agent for other substances to not show in the test, he added: "

That could be the case, yes. But in all the other checks, Furosemide was not found and no other substances either."


source: SportMob