Cameroon FA investigating allegations of match-fixing

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By DAN KARELL

The 2014 World Cup has so far been one of the most exciting and dramatic World Cups in the tournament’s history, but some of the shine of this year’s edition could be coming off.

In a press release late Monday evening, the Cameroonian FA said that they’ve instructed their ethics committee to look into allegations that Cameroon’s 4-0 defeat to Croatia was fixed. The allegations come from a report with Der Spiegel in Germany, which states that just hours prior to the match, convicted Singaporean match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal correctly predicted that Cameroon would lose 4-0 and that a Cameroonian player would be sent off in the first half, which was the case when Alex Song was dismissed in the 40th minute.

Raj Perumal also added in his conversation with Der Spiegel that the Cameroonian side had “seven bad apples,” or players who would be in on a fix if one occurred, a claim that Cameroon’s FA vehemently denied.

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,” Joseph Owona, president of the Cameroon FA normalization committee, 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 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, who were involved in a pay dispute with their administrators prior to even leaving for Brazil, crashed out of the group stage with just one goal scored in three losses, conceding nine times.

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What do you think of these developments? Do you believe World Cup games could be fixed? Would you still watch the World Cup if it was proven that a game was fixed?

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21 Responses to Cameroon FA investigating allegations of match-fixing

  1. BrianK says:

    You all heard it here first,….check the old posts. The game was clearly fixed.

    • bodeguero says:

      Would you be able to link the old posts? SBI has had a LOT of posts the last few weeks.

      • BrianK says:

        Dont know how. Presumably searching for Cameroon/Croatia realted links.

        Nevertheless,…a sad development for the tournament and African soccer,…though not surprising.

      • Quit whining about soccer in the US says:

        He can’t spell threw, but he did say it was fixed right after the game….

        BrianK post on

        link to soccerbyives.net

  2. El Comandante says:

    Nah, don’t beleve it for a second. They are trying to cover the inferiority of this Cameroonian team. I would believe more that Portugal,Germany was fixed.

    • BrianK says:

      Respectfully disagree. If you watched the match, it was blatanly obvious. The red card in the first half,…when the Cameroon player (Song?) ran after the Craotion and half-punched him in the back right in front of the ref. No reaction from the Cameroon team,…as if they were following a script.

      Disapointing for Croatia. Lost a difficult match to Brazil, recovered with an apparent win against Cameroon* and then got spanked by Mexico. In reality, they were 0-2 with 6 goals against and 1 for. Pretty abysmal.

      • Quit whining about soccer in the US says:

        I was at a NCAA basketball game that was fixed. It is crazy, because you see something and it is so obvious, you think, it must be fixed.

        I remembered that game for many years, then it came out a long time later it was….and you think to yourself. I knew it, there was no way that was real.

        I didn’t see this game, but if true, crazy.

      • Andy in Atlanta says:

        I said it then and I will say it now… Cameroon was very lively in the first 30 minutes of that match….they created several chances… so unless they were solely created by the so called other 4 good apples… I have a very hard time believing this… Cameroon was terrible with their finishing.

        • QuakerOtis says:

          Just how terrible were they… ?

        • Rick says:

          Isn’t that a great way to make a fix look good? Play really lively, generate attempts, but somehow “miss” all your chances?

          Could also explain the shoving incident at the end of the game – one of the players felt the other had gone off script and come too close to scoring?

          • chuck says:

            HMMM Also, Assou-Ekotto, the headbutter, is known for constant remarks about him considering football just a job and not caring for the game ouside the office.

            He also skipped camp one night to go to Mickey D’s. We all know the kind of deals that happen at night at MIckey D’s

  3. KenC says:

    Well, if the FA doesn’t pay the players their agreed upon wages for participating, some of those apples will figure out a way to get paid, more reliably.

    • Xander Crews says:

      Exactly. Players placing more emphasis on getting paid than on representing their country with honor.

  4. slowleftarm says:

    Maybe it is true. They did lose to Mexico after all.

  5. El Comandante says:

    Bottom line is Mexico, Croatia and Brazil demolished them. Did they throw all three games?

    • chuck says:

      Wow that makes the ref in the Mexico game actually a hero! he was trying to ruin the fixed score!