Wednesday Dec 07, 2022. 16:00
Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT) president Samuel Eto’o has issued an apology for his “violent altercation” with a fan outside the Stadium 974 in Doha on Monday.
A video emerged on Los Angeles-based Spanish newspaper La Opinion’s Twitter page showing Eto’o having to be restrained as he attempted to confront a man holding a camera after Brazil’s 4-1 win over South Korea in the last 16.
The former Indomitable Lions striker managed to free himself before kicking the fan, who fell to the ground and his camera was then confiscated.
Eto’o believes the man to be an Algerian supporter and claims both he and his compatriots have been harassed since Cameroon beat the Fennec Foxes in the playoffs to qualify for the 2022 World Cup.
“After the Brazil-South Korea match, I had a violent altercation with a person who was probably an Algerian supporter,” the 41-year-old said in a statement on Twitter.
“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.”
“Since the Cameroon-Algeria match on 29 March in Blida, 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.”
Eto’o pleaded with the Algerian authorities to draw a line under the conflict after appeals from their footballing governing body against the result had been rejected.
“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,” he added.
“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.”