Doha. Cameroon’s football federation president and former star player Samuel Eto’o has apologized for kicking a man outside a World Cup stadium on Tuesday in what he described as a violent clash. Eto’o posed for photos with fans near Stadium 974 after Brazil’s 4-1 win over South Korea. Posted a video on social media in which he is reacting to the comment of a person with a camera.
The former Barcelona and Inter Milan forward was initially restrained by his teammates but then kicked the man, causing him to fall backwards. Eto’o posted a statement in French and English on his Twitter account, in which he wrote that he had a violent scuffle with a man who was apparently a supporter of Algeria. He said that I would like to apologize for losing my temper and reacting in a manner that does not suit a person like me.
Eto’o has represented the World Cup Organizing Committee of Qatar since 2019 as a ‘Global Legacy’ ambassador. The Algerian man, Said Mamouni, later posted the video on YouTube, saying that the man had attacked him and that he was at a Qatari police station to file a complaint against Eto’o. Mamouni said that Samuel had a fight with me. He pushed me and the person who was with him pushed me. I am here to file a complaint and they also broke my camera.
The man said Eto’o turned violent when asked if he had bribed Gambian referee Bakari Gassama in the controversial World Cup qualifying match between Cameroon and Algeria. The Football Federation of Algeria filed a complaint with the sport’s governing body FIFA regarding the match, which it believed had made a number of mistakes by referee Gassama.