Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana has been handed a 12-month suspension for failing an out-of-competition doping test, with the club claiming their number one accidentally took medicine prescribed for his wife.
The Eredivisie club revealed the Cameroon international has been banned by UEFA after it found the forbidden substance Furosemide in his urine, following the test in October 2020.
The doping suspension is effective from February 5 and applies to all football activities.
Why did Onana fail his doping test?
A statement on the Ajax website says: “On the morning of October 30, Onana was feeling unwell. He wanted to take a pill to ease the discomfort. Unknowingly, however, he took Lasimac, a drug that his wife had previously been prescribed.
“Onana’s confusion resulted in him mistakenly taking his wife’s medicine, ultimately causing this measure to be taken by UEFA against the goalkeeper.
“Furthermore, 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.”
The Dutch club, currently seven points clear at the top of the Eredivisie, confirmed they will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
What has been Ajax’s reaction?
Ajax managing director and former goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar said: “We explicitly renounce performance-enhancing drugs, we obviously stand for a clean sport.
“This is a terrible setback, for Andre himself but certainly also for us as a club. Andre is a top goalkeeper, who has proven his worth for Ajax for years and is very popular with the fans.
“We had hoped for a conditional suspension or for a suspension much shorter than these 12 months, because it was arguably not intended to strengthen his body and thus improve his performance.”
Which tournaments will Onana miss?
Onana is banned from all football, meaning he will not be available for Ajax’s domestic or European matches, including their Europa League campaign this season. They face Lille in the last 32 later this month.
He will also be unavailable for Cameroon until February 2022, including the Africa Cup of Nations – should they qualify – which has been rescheduled to January next year. The final two games of their qualifying campaign are in March, away to Cape Verde and home to Rwanda.
What does this mean for Onana’s future?
The 24-year-old former Barcelona youngster has been among the most in-demand goalkeepers in European football, with Borussia Dortmund recently making plans to sign him at the end of the season.
Onana, whose contract at Ajax expires in 2022, has also been a target for Chelsea, Tottenham, and his former club at Camp Nou.
It adds to a bad week for Ajax, who on Friday morning also confirmed that record signing Sebastian Haller is unavailable for their Europa League fixtures for the rest of the season after an administration error meant he was not registered in their squad in time.
They will also lose promising young striker Brian Brobbey in the summer, with it confirmed this week that the 19-year-old will not sign a new contract at Johan Cruyff ArenA.
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“It almost seems like a bad joke. Ajax had already received bad news this week with Sebastien Haller having not been registered for the Europa League and Brian Brobbey leaving the club, now they’ll have to do without their best defensive player, Andre Onana. The goalkeeper has saved them time after time in the Eredivisie and in Europe, and it will be interesting to see what head coach Erik ten Hag will do now.
‘Kwasia Like That’ – Gyan Rains Insults On Journalist Who Questioned His Relevance At Legon Cities
Legon Cities striker Asamoah Gyan did not take it lightly when a journalist questioned his relevance to the side after posting a jama session with them.
Desmond Decker, a sports journalist who used to work with the Class Media Group quizzed if Gyan was signed to lead jama sessions or play football.
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Frank Lampard is set to be sacked from his role as Chelsea manager, having guided the club for just over 18 months, following five defeats in the last eight games.
It comes just 24 hours after his 3-1 win over Luton Town in the FA Cup, but the club’s Premier League form has led to growing concerns.
The 42-year-old achieved a top-four finish last season which was deemed impressive having seen the club suffer a transfer ban in the summer that he joined.
However, this season Chelsea spent £220 million ($275m) on new signings to try and close the gap on Liverpool and Manchester City in recent seasons to win silverware.
It hasn’t worked, with Timo Werner and Kai Havertz suffering prolonged periods of poor form under their new manager while Chelsea’s performances as a team were increasingly getting worse.
Club chairman Bruce Buck watched on with technical and performance advisor Petr Cech as Leicester City ran out comfortable 2-0 winners against Lampard’s side in their most recent league fixture.
The loss to Brendan Rodgers’ men was just the latest of a series of defeats against the Premier League’s best teams, which recently included reverses against Manchester City and Arsenal.
Chelsea has only beaten West Ham of the top 11 clubs this season while picking up the second-lowest number of points at this stage of a season since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003.
English Premier League Club, West Ham Appoint Ex-Pornstar To Their Board
West Ham have appointed Eve Vorley, a director of x-rated films such as ‘Lesbian Student Nurses’ and ‘Horny Housewives on the Job’, to their board.
Vorley, whose real name is Emma Benton-Hughes, is the partner of West Ham’s co-Chairman, David Sullivan, and has been pictured at the London Stadium watching the Hammers in action on numerous occasions.
Now, she has been named as a director at the club who are 10th in the Premier League standings.
The 55-year-old Vorley was a Page 3 girl and involved in a number of adult films in the late 90s and early 2000s. She starred in films such as ‘Lesbian Nurses’, ‘Electric Blue: Nude Wives – Private Parts’ and ‘Naked Neighbours’, and directed films including ‘Horny Housewives on the Job’ and ‘Sex Mad Secretaries’.
Her brother, Jonny Trunk, helped run her fan club which at a point exceeded 19,000 members. In a piece in The Times, Trunk explained that his sister turned to the industry when her first husband left her and she fell on hard times financially.
“My sister longed secretly to be a model,” he said, adding that “Emma saw the glamour industry as a business opportunity, and it worked for her. After six months she asked me if I wanted to help with her fan club.”
Speaking of her career in the adult entertainment industry, Benton-Hughes said, “When my husband left me, the house was repossessed and I was left with a cardboard box full of clothes and a bed. I swore I would never rely on a man again and I have stuck by that. I have enjoyed being able to help my family, but I have been very businesslike about it.”
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