Cameroon to investigate World Cup match-fixing claims

Cameroon’s national football association Fecafoot is to investigate allegations that seven of the African national team’s players were in involved in match-fixing during the 2014 Fifa World Cup.

Fecafoot has instructed its ethics committee to look into claims of “fraud” surrounding the country’s three games in the national team tournament, which is currently taking place in Brazil.

Cameroon was eliminated from the tournament at the group stage having lost all three of its Group A games against Brazil, Mexico and Croatia.

The investigation will particularly focus on Cameroon’s 4-0 defeat by Croatia on June 18, a game in which midfielder Alex Song was sent off for an off-the-ball clash with Croatian striker Mario Mandžukić shortly before half time.

Allegations of match fixing emerged after German magazine Der Spiegel reported that a convicted fraudster accurately predicted the result of the Croatia game and that a Cameroon player would be sent off in the first half.

It is unclear if any money was placed on the accurate prediction.

Fecafoot said: “Recent allegations of fraud around Cameroon’s three 2014 World Cup games, especially Cameroon v Croatia, as well as the existence of ‘seven bad apples [in our national team]’ do not reflect the values and principles promoted by our administration.

“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.”

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