Cameroon legend Samuel Eto’o apologises for “violent altercation” with fan at World Cup
Cameroon FA president Samuel Eto’o has released an expression of remorse for his “vicious fight” with an ally following a match at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The 41-year-old, who is in Qatar as a World Cup heritage representative, was in participation at Arena 974 in Doha on Monday night watching Brazil beat South Korea 4-1 to advance to the quarter-finals.
After the match, a video arose on the web – using La Assessment – of the former Barcelona striker modeling for a few photographs with allies before an irate fight happened with a man holding a camera.
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Film seems to show Eto’o trade words with the man before he started to push him and later lash out towards the man’s face with his knee.
Eto’o has since taken to web-based entertainment to release a conciliatory sentiment for his activities towards the man, who he guarantees was “presumably” an Algerian ally.
An assertion on Twitter read: “On last 5 December, after the Brazil-South Korea match, I had a rough quarrel with a most likely an Algerian individual ally.
“I might want to apologize for blowing my top and responding in a manner that doesn’t match my character. I am sorry to people in general for this appalling episode.
“I vow to keep on opposing the constant incitement and day to day provocation of a few Algerian allies. For sure, since the Cameroon-Algeria match on 29 Walk in Blida, I have been the objective of put-downs and claims of cheating with practically no proof.
Samuel Eto’o attacked a journalist last night just before the Brazil vs South Korea game.— Pan-Africa Football (@PanAfricaFooty) December 6, 2022
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“During this World Cup, Cameroonian fans have been hassled and irritated by Algerians on a similar subject. I might want to specify that the situation of Algeria’s loss was savage yet completely under the standards and morals of our game.
“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.
“To Fennecs’ fans, I wish that they find peace and manage to overcome the disappointment of a painful defeat, now behind us.”
Eto’o retired from football in 2019 after a successful 22-year playing career, winning 16 honours at club level with Real Madrid, Mallorca, Barcelona and Inter Milan.
The Douala-born striker is still Cameroon’s all-time record goalscorer after netting 56 times in 118 appearances across all competitions, including three goals in eight World Cup matches.
Eto’o was elected President of the Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT) in December last year and watched the Indomitable Lions in the group stage at this year’s World Cup against Brazil, Switzerland and Serbia.
Cameroon secured a famous 1-0 victory against Group G winners Brazil in their final fixture, but they ultimately missed out on a place in the last 16, finishing two points behind Switzerland in second spot.