Cameroon's football federation is to investigate allegations of match-fixing by its players at the World Cup after it emerged a convicted fraudster correctly predicted they'd lose 4-0 and have a man sent off against Croatia. Cameroon are to investigate claims that seven of their players were involved in match-fixing at the World Cup, the country's football federation FECAFOOT said on Monday.
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."
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. Cameroon headed home after losing against Brazil and Mexico, as well as Croatia, to finish bottom of Group A.