Cameroon football chief Samuel Eto’o apologises for ‘violent altercation’ | Football News

DOHA: Samuel Eto’o, the former Cameroon striker and current president of the country’s football federation, has apologized after a “violent altercation” with a fan as he left a World Cup game on Monday.
La Opinion, a Spanish-language newspaper based in Los Angeles, posted a video on its Twitter feed in the early hours of Tuesday morning which it said showed Eto‘o confronting a man holding a video camera outside Doha’s 974 Stadium.

The accompanying report says the 41-year-old four-time African Player of the Year reacted angrily when approached by the man and punched him as he fell to the ground in the scrum .
“After the Brazil-South Korea match, I had a violent altercation with a person who was probably an Algerian fan,” Eto’o said in a statement on Twitter.

“I would like to apologize for losing my temper and reacting in a way that doesn’t fit my personality. I apologize to the public for this unfortunate incident.”
Cameroon beat Algeria on away goals in the last two African qualifier for Qatar in March, reaching the World Cup in spectacular fashion with an extra-time winner in game two.
“Since the Cameroon-Algeria match on March 29 in Blida, I have been the target of insults and allegations of cheating without any proof,” Eto’o added. “During this World Cup, Cameroonian fans were harassed and harassed by Algerians on the same subject. I want to mention that the scenario of the defeat of Algeria was cruel, but completely in line with the rules and ethics of our sport.”
Eto’o noted that all appeals from the Algerian Football Federation over the result of the qualifying match had been dismissed.
“I therefore call on the Algerian authorities and the Federation to take their responsibilities to put an end to this unhealthy climate before a more serious tragedy occurs,” he said.
There was no immediate comment from Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, which hosted the World Cup.
Eto’o, who enjoyed a long career at the top of the game with long stints at Barcelona and Inter Milan, was named the Supreme Committee’s “global ambassador” in 2019.
Cameroon left the World Cup in the group stage despite losing Brazil 1-0 in their last game.


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