Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana has been hit with a 12-month ban by UEFA after being deemed to have breached doping violations.
The 24-year-old had the banned substance Furosemide found in his urine during an ‘out of competition’ check on October 30 last year.
Dutch giants Ajax have sought to offer further context on the situation by issuing a full statement, and have confirmed the ban will be appealed in due course to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
WHAT’S FUROSEMIDE AND WHY IS IT BANNED IN SPORT?
Furosemide (found in Lasimac) is a loop diuretic (water pill) that prevents your body from absorbing too much salt. This allows the salt to instead be passed in your urine.
Furosemide is used to treat fluid retention (edema) in people with congestive heart failure, liver disease, or a kidney disorder such as nephrotic syndrome.
Furosemide is also used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension).
The presence of the substance in a drugs test sets off alarm bells due to its masking agent properties, enabling the body to flush out other substances. Continue reading
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