The Dutch Association of Professional Footballers published a statement on Onana’s problem.
The Dutch Association of Professional Footballers (VVCS) defends
against UEFA’s punishment, because it seems like Onana has made an honest mistake.
Here is VVCS’s statement:
“VVCS condemns a system whereby athletes who have no intention of cheating are banned from practicing their profession for extended periods of time.
“This sanction has a huge impact on the player's professional career and has a huge impact on the well-being of the player involved.
“UEFA follows Onana's defense that it is a mistake - that he took the wrong pill on October 30 to temper a headache. For that reason, he will not receive the 'usual' 4 years, but his sentence will be 'limited' to 1 year.
“However, one year is an eternity in the career of a professional football player, a career that is short anyway. The question is how can you just suspend a player for a year, if you are convinced yourself that there is a mistake?
“The suspension in itself is disproportionate, but the idea that the player may not even train with the rest of the team during the suspension is completely incomprehensible.
“This injustice, which has no added value and leads to the unnecessary isolation of professional footballers, must also be urgently reversed.
“VVCS is hopeful that the punishment of Andre Onana will be cancelled (or greatly reduced) by the CAS, but this case once again shows the need to restructure the rules.”