Ajax stars wear shirts backing Onana after goalkeeper’s 12-month ban for doping

Ajax stars backed banned Andre Onana by wearing goalkeeper shirts with his name on ahead of their latest game.

The Dutch club are planning to appeal after Cameroon keeper Onana was suspended from football for a year after failing a drugs test.

Banned substance Furosemide was found in the shot-stopper’s urine in October last year.

But Ajax have claimed that he took his wife's medicine, not realising it contained the offending substance.

And his team-mates showed their support for him ahead of their clash against PSV Eindhoven this week, wearing 'Onana 24' shirts back-to-front for the warm-up.

Onana was in the stands to watch Ajax beat their rivals 2-1 in their KNVB Cup quarter-final, with former West Ham striker Sebastian Haller scoring both goals.

But he is banned from playing in all competitions and is not even allowed to train with his team-mates.

Ajax boss Erik ten Hag was asked after the match whether his players were right to show their support for Onana.

"It's awful what he has to go through," he told ESPN. "We feel sorry for him, and we sympathise with him, and we want to give him support.

"Even if he makes a mistake you can still support him. Let him who is without sin cast the first stone. We love him and he's still part of the dressing room.

"There must be extra motivation to bring in trophies because he has a big share in taking us this far."

Also among those to sympathise with Onana was his new team-mate Haller, who joined Ajax from West Ham in the January transfer window.

"It is something really really difficult to accept as a football player, when people stop you playing football for one year," said Haller.

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  • "It is difficult for him, his family, for everyone around the club – so of course we will support him during this thing – and hopefully they will [reduce] the sanction."

    Onana and Ajax plan to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the ban, which came into effect on February 5.

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