Cameroon probe fraud claims

  • Last Updated: July 1 2014, 20:59 BST

Cameroon's football federation (FECAFOOT) is to investigate allegations of match-fixing by its players at the World Cup finals.

Cameroon's 4-0 defeat to Croatia is at the centre of the allegations
Cameroon's 4-0 defeat to Croatia is at the centre of the allegations

The FECAFOOT's ethics committee will probe allegations of fraud in Cameroon's three Group A matches, particularly the 4-0 defeat to Croatia on June 18 in Manaus.

Cameroon headed home from Brazil after losing against Brazil and Mexico, as well as Croatia, to finish bottom of Group A.

The FECAFOOT statement read: "Recent allegations of fraud around Cameroon 2014 FIFA World Cup three preliminary games, especially Cameroon vs. Croatia, as well of the "existence of seven bad apples [in our national team]" do not reflect the values and principles promoted by our administration, in line with FIFA Code of Conduct and the ethics of our nation.

"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.

"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 fifty-five (55) years of existence, FECAFOOT has never been sanctioned for, involved in, or even linked to match fixing or any fraud of any kind."

The allegations came in German magazine Der Spiegel, which claimed convicted match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal had correctly predicted the 4-0 result and that a player would be sent off. He has since denied making any such prediction.

He said: "I am shocked and amazed that a respected magazine such as Der Spiegel would go so far as to fabricate statements by yours truly with the visible aim of stirring the row over match-fixing.

"I apologize to the Cameroon FA and to its fans if I inadvertently offended them; it was not my intention. I strongly believe that Der Spiegel should also do the same since they placed words in my mouth that I did not utter."

Cameroon and Barcelona midfielder Alex Song was sent off before half-time for elbowing Croatia's Mario Mandzukic, while the game was also marred by an incident deep into the second half as Benoit Assou-Ekotto looked like he tried to head-butt team-mate Benjamin Moukandjo.

FECAFOOT subsequently launched an investigation into the incident but have not yet reported the outcome of that investigation.

Ghana and Nigeria, who have also exited the tournament, were involved in disputes over money in Brazil in what has been a troubled World Cup for African nations.

Ghana sent two players home - Sulley Muntari for hitting out at an official and Kevin-Prince Boateng for allegedly swearing at his coach.