Why is the Cameroon Football Federation jittery about fraud allegations during the Cameroon- Croatia game by publishing a release to indicate that any information on the issue that is not from the federation should be treated as mere assumptions.
It is for Fifa to investigate and tell the federation and the world if such allegations are founded or not.
A German site Spiegel Online quotes Wilson Raj Perumal, a convict who called to indicate that Croatia was going to win by 4-0 and that a Cameroonian was going to be expelled before half time.
“There were seven bad apples in the Cameroon national team, Perumal is quoted to have said.
The information came to pass, Song was expelled with a red card before half time and Croatia won by 4-0.
Fifa had warned that there was a possibility the Cameroon-Brazil match was being arranged.
It is against this backdrop that Fecafoot has issued this press release.
The Press release:
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 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.
Yaounde, 30 June 2014