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Cameroon to investigate World Cup match-fixing claims



BY MARK GLEESON

SALVADOR Brazil Mon Jun 30, 2014 9:16pm EDT

(Reuters) - 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.

FECAFOOT said it had instructed its ethics committee to probe allegations of what it described as "fraud" in their three games in Brazil, particularly a 4-0 loss to Croatia in Manaus in their second Group A game.

Fixed World Cup Matches? Cameroon Under Investigation

"Recent allegations of fraud around Cameroon's three 2014 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.

"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 with the shortest delay," FECAFOOT's interim president Joseph Owona said.

The allegations against Cameroon came from convicted fraudster Wilson Raj Perumal, who had accurately forecast the result and the fact a player would be sent off in a discussion with German magazine Der Spiegel.

Cameroon midfielder Alex Song was sent off before halftime for a needless elbow in the back of Croatia's Mario Mandzukic near the halfway line, leaving his side to battle with 10 men for the majority of the game.

The game was also marred by an incident near the end when Benoit Assou-Ekotto attempted to head-butt team mate Benjamin Moukandjo.

Cameroon's federation subsequently launched an investigation into the incident but has yet to give any update on possible disciplinary action.

The latest controversy adds to a long list for African teams at the World Cup.

Both Ghana and Nigeria, now out of the tournament, were embroiled in disputes over money in Brazil.

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

(Additional reporting by Neil Maidment, editing by Ed Osmond)

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Brian Hope July 01 2014 at 9:32 AM

Soccer is to American football what checkers is to chess. I don't give a damn what the American team does; all I'm doing is looking forward to the upcomiing AMERICAN football season. Soccer is nothing but a global farce.

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pty014372 July 01 2014 at 9:04 AM

The entire tournament is fixed, as are many other soccer matches. There is no way you can convince me the Brazil-Mexico match was not pre-destined. Thankfully, after the U.S.A. loss to Belgium today, we will not have to listen to soccer talk for another four years.

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Curt's Stuff July 01 2014 at 8:29 AM

Fraud??

Next you'll tell me the players aren't really hurt as they're writhing with pain, rolling on the ground after being touched on the foot.

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jdsept Curt's Stuff July 01 2014 at 11:46 AM

The use of faking injuries isn't just soccer. Football in the last minutes and no timeouts remaining do it to gain a timeout. Player leaves for one play then returns. Basketball?

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goodgrief61945 Curt's Stuff July 01 2014 at 12:35 PM

Just a tactic to get an advantage. Very common.

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DANTHALER July 01 2014 at 6:14 AM

I really don't know, but letting yourself loose 0-4 is kind of obvious if there is a problem. 0-1 or 0-2 would have sufficed., and that's IF these allegations are true.

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joejmoor9 DANTHALER July 01 2014 at 6:28 AM

They have had a corrupt president for 30 years... Why should anything else be on the up and up.....Shameful, but typical in a land of losers

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rjohnwick July 01 2014 at 10:40 AM

Send Joe Biden to fix this mess.

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EdwinF July 01 2014 at 9:12 AM

Unquestionably Cameroonians are very corrupt. The truth is that because Cameroon does not accept dual nationality, most of their players are not Cameroonians. So other nationals are corrupt too. Being "Cameroonians" there is nothing as national interest. They have individual interest's and are apt to have been corrupted although they did not have a chance. The weakest link was Cameroon.

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Brian Hope EdwinF July 01 2014 at 9:37 AM

Maybe someday, we'll see a Swedish member on that team!

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lancesammy July 01 2014 at 9:02 AM

cameroon is not qualified to investigate anything

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kairos2014 lancesammy July 01 2014 at 11:09 AM

Very sad. Ghana, Nigeria, and now so obviously Cameroon defiling themselves & the sport on the international field. But no surprise from the Cameroon team, representing a country that is is corrupt from the top down. (Although quite politically powerful before Paul Biya has been the "President" of Cameroon since 1982.)

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knightrang July 01 2014 at 2:04 PM

I've watched the world cup every 4 years growing up, And to my rememberance, I don't remember Cups with so much controversy as I've seen since ESPN & ABC have rights now. I've stopped watching after that ridiculous call in the Mexican/Dutch game. I'm with Cameroon and their suspicions.

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derralh July 01 2014 at 12:56 PM

why does America get involve in a sport that half the teams still live in mud huts screw soccer

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prnyl July 01 2014 at 12:51 PM

Sounds like Chicago politics but in reality this corruption in soccer worldwide has been going on for a long time and will continue as $$$ rule the day!

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stevenjonessales prnyl July 01 2014 at 1:34 PM

And FIFA is the head of that snake.

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