Cameroon in World Cup match fixing scandal
Cameroon are investigating seven of their players allegedly involved in match fixing at the World Cup.
CAPE TOWN - Cameroon football federation, Fédération Camerounaise de Football (Fecafoot), are to investigate claims that seven of their players were involved in match fixing at the World Cup.
The federation instructed its ethics committee to probe the serious allegations.
The national football body described the team's three World Cup Group A games in Brazil as 'fraud', particularly their second match, which was a 4-0 loss to Croatia in Manaus.
The allegations against Cameroon surfaced after convicted Singaporean match fixer, Wilson Raj Perumal, accurately forecasted the result as well as correctly predicting that a player would be sent off in a discussion with German magazine,_ Der Spiegel_.
"Recent allegations of fraud around Cameroon's three 2014 Fifa World Cup games, especially Cameroon v Croatia, as well the existence of seven bad apples (in our national team) do not reflect the values and principles promoted by our administration," Fecafoot said in a statement.
Cameroon midfielder Alex Song was shown a red card in the defeat to Croatia before halftime after he elbowed Croatia's Mario Mandzukic in the back, leaving the Africans to play with 10 men for most of the game.
There was also an incident near the end of the game when Benoit Assou-Ekotto attempted to headbutt team mate Benjamin Moukandjo.
The federation takes these accusations very seriously.
"We wish to inform the general public that, though not yet contacted by Fifa in regards to this affair, our administration has already instructed its Ethics Committee to further investigate these accusations. We are strongly committed to employ all means necessary to resolve this disruptive matter in the shortest delays," Fecafoot's interim president Joseph Owona said.
Cameroon's federation subsequently launched an investigation into the incident, but has yet to give any update on possible disciplinary action.
Owana says these accusations are a first for Cameroon football.
"In the meantime, we legitimately request that any related information, unless brought before our federation and/or its Ethics Committee, be held for or treated as mere assumption. We wish to reinstate that in 55 years of our existence, Fecafoot has never been sanctioned for, involved in, or even linked to match fixing or any fraud of any kind."