Official: Eto'o Releases Statement After Violent Attack On Man At World Cup

Samuel Etoo
Samuel Etoo

Cameroon's football president Samuel Eto'o has issued a statement after his "violent" attack on a man holding a camera following Monday night's 2022 FIFA World Cup clash between Brazil and South Korea. 

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The Cameroon Football Federation chief has found himself in hot water after an altercation with a man, believed to be a YouTuber, on Monday. 

Eto'o was filmed kneeing the man in the face in a fit of rage, leaving questions marks over his future as FECAFOOT president and FIFA ambassador for the showpiece in Qatar. 

The ex-Barcelona striker, however, has released a statement to apologise for his behaviour, saying he believes it was an Algerian supporter who feels his Cameroon got to the World Cup by way of corruption. 

"On December 5, after the Brazil-South Korea match, I had a violent altercation with a person who was probably an Algerian supporter," he said. 

"I would like to apologise for losing my temper and reacting in a way that does not match my personality. I apologise to the public for this unfortunate incident.

"I pledge to continue to resist the relentless provocation and daily harassment of some Algerian supporters. Indeed, since the Cameroon-Algeria match on 29 March in Bilda, I have been the target of insults and allegations of cheating without any evidence.

"During this World Cup, Cameroonian fans have been harassed and pestered by Algerians on the same subject.

"I would like to mention that the scenario of Algeria’s defeat was cruel but perfectly in line with the rules and ethics of our sport.

"All the appeals made by the Algerian Football Federation to the competent jurisdictions have been rejected.

"I therefore call on the Algerian authorities and Federation to take their responsibilities to put an end to this unhealthy climate before a more serious tragedy occurs.

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"To Fennecs’ (Cameroonian) fans, I wish that they find peace and manage to overcome the disappointment of a painful defeat, now behind us."

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