Ajax and Cameroon goalkeeper, Andre Onana’s year-long ban for a doping violation has been reduced to nine months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
In a statement, CAS said it had “partially upheld the appeal and reduced the period” which means his ban, which began on February 4, now ends on November 3 this year.
The 25-year-old was originally suspended in February for 12 months by Uefa, European football’s governing body.
Onana was found to have the banned substance furosemide in his urine during an unannounced check-up on 30 October in 2020.
Ajax claimed that Onana felt ill and accidentally took his wife’s medicine.
The court said in a statement: “In coming to its decision, the CAS Panel also found that no ‘significant fault’ could be attributed to Andre Onana who had ingested medication destined for another person in error.
“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 CAS decision means the ban will now end on 4 November so he will miss the start of the season for Dutch champions Ajax but will be available for Cameroon when they host the Africa Cup of Nations in January.
He will also miss the Indomitable Lions opening four matches of group qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in September, against Malawi and Ivory Coast, and in October, when they play back-to-back games against Mozambique.
While he will not be allowed to play nationally or internationally until 4 November, he can resume training two months before the end of the suspension, on 4 September, TOS News gathered.