By Boris Esono N – Cameroon
Cameroon and Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana’s appeal against a 12-month ban handed to him by European football governing body UEFA will be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) on June 2.
Onana’s appeal will be heard by CAS through video link because of COVID-19 restrictions, but a ruling may take some time to come through according to BBC Sports Africa. CAS says “there is no fixed timescale” for the decision on any appeal to be made.
Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana was banned from football for the next year after he was found to have used a banned substance Furosemide in his urine sample, but he continues to fight for his future.
At the time the punishment was announced, Ajax said Onana had mistakenly taken medication prescribed for his wife.
Andre Onana has been unable to feature for his side for the past couple of weeks and was absent when his team was crowned League Champions.
That was Ajax’s 35th title but Onana who contributed significantly to that victory was forced to watch. The 24-year-old has been working with his trainer since the ban came into effect on February 5.
With the help of his goalkeeping coach, the pair are working together on pitches owned by a local amateur club in Amsterdam as they await the upcoming hearing in their attempt to reduce the suspension.
Onana’s situation has not gone unnoticed, attracting support from the Dutch players’ union, the VVCS, and the global umbrella body Fifpro.
“Fifpro strongly believes the one-year sanction imposed on Andre Onana is excessive and disproportionate,” the union representing footballers around the world said in a statement.
“Fifpro cannot accept a system in which football players have shown to have no intention of cheating continue to be stopped from practising their profession for a prolonged period. Such sanctions not only affect their career but also their well-being.