Cameroon’s governing body for soccer announced that it will investigate allegations of match-fixing during its three World Cup games. In particular, officials will scrutinize the game against Croatia in which Cameroon fell, 4-0, and had midfielder Alex Song sent off with a first-half red card for this decidedly flagrant foul:
The announcement by Cameroon comes after a report by German magazine Der Spiegel that Singaporean match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal had given it the final score before the game, and that he had predicted a player would get ejected in the first half. And if anyone would know that sort of thing, it’s Raj Perumal, who wrote the book on match-fixing. No, literally, he did — it’s available on Amazon!
On its Facebook page, the Fédération Camerounaise de Football, or Fecafoot (insert joke here. Actually, don’t eww), had this to say:
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 admnistration has already instructed its Ethics Committe, 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.
In addition to the Song incident, Cameroon’s Benoit Assou-Ekotto appeared to headbutt teammate Benjamin Moukandjo during an on-field argument.