What was decided by CAS?
CAS ruled after a four-hour online session that Onana’s 12-month ban should be reduced to nine months.
The suspension shall now end 4 November 2021 and up to that time, it covers all football activities, both national as international.
Onana is allowed to restart his training two months before the end of the suspension which will be on September 4, 2021.
In February Ajax said that Onana accidentally took a drug prescribed to his wife when he woke up on the morning of October 30 feeling unwell.
That was not disputed by European football’s governing body, Uefa, which brought the charge.
The drug, Furosemide, is not known to be performance enhancing itself, but can be used to mask the use of other kinds of doping, according to the World Anti-Doping Agency.
He subsequently failed an out of competition drugs test.
In a statement, Ajax 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.”
What was the reaction?
Edwin van der Sar, the CEO of Ajax, told the club’s website: “With this ruling of the CAS we have won three months in comparison to the initial suspension. So it was worth it taking this case to the CAS. We stand for a clean sport. By I will say again that we are convinced that Andre has taken this substance by accident and certainly not to perform better.
“This is endorsed by all parties, also by the UEFA as is to be concluded from the cases both by the UEFA and the CAS.
“When we told our story, together with Andre and the lawyers from the CAS, I drove off from The Ajax Academy with a good feeling. I have mixed feelings about today’s verdict because our aim was that he would be back playing games this summer.”
Onana published a statement in February which said. “I mistakenly took it for an aspirin because the packaging was almost identical, which I greatly regret.
“I respect the UEFA Appeals Body, but I do not share their decision in this case. I consider it excessive and disproportionate as it has been acknowledged by UEFA that it was an unintentional mistake.”
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