By Boris Esono N
Football Writer kick442.com-Cameroon
The International Federation of Professional Footballers better known as FIFPRO has come out in support of Andre Onana saying his 120month ban on doping charges is excessive and disproportionate.
“FIFPRO cannot accept a system in which football players showed 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, FIFPRO said in a statement.
Andre Onana was banned from all football-related activities for a year after the disciplinary committee of the European Football Governing Body, UEFA, found that the player had consumed a ban substance last year.
FIFPRO has previously called for a new approach to anti-doping regulations so that employee and employer organizations have more influence on how these rules apply to professional football.
In his defence, Onana said he mistook the piles to ease the discomfort he was feeling as he was not feeling well. Unknowingly, he took lasimac, a drug that his wife had previously been prescribed, kick442.com earlier reported.
FIFPRO notes that a one-year ban on players can be career-ending. “The case of André Onana, among others that we are aware of in different countries, emphasizes the need to restructure regulations to ensure players that did not intend to cheat are not prevented from practising their profession for extended periods. Their careers are often short and fragile. In some cases, a one-year ban from football can be career-ending,” the body said.
“Furthermore, the notion that the player is not even allowed to train with the rest of the team is utterly incomprehensible. The rules need to urgently retract this additional injustice, which has no added value whatsoever and leads to the unnecessary isolation of a young professional football player.”
It is still uncertain as to whether the one-year ban on Andre Onana is going to be maintained as the player and his club Ajax have appealed the ruling at the Court of Arbitration for Sports, CAS. Onana will be desperate that the ban is shortened or thrown out with his participation at the upcoming AFCON critical at the moment.
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