The President of the Cameroon Football Federation, Samuel Eto’o, has apologised for physically assaulting a man at the World Cup on Monday.
In a statement on his Twitter handle on Tuesday, Eto’o said he was provoked by a fan who was “probably” an Algeria supporter as part of an ongoing harassment following Cameroon’s qualifying win over Algeria in March.
Part of his apology read, “After the Brazil-South Korea match, I had a violent altercation with a person who was probably an Algerian supporter.
“I would like to apologize for losing my temper and reacting in a way that does not match my personality. I apologize to the public for this unfortunate incident.
— Samuel Eto’o (@SamuelEtoo) December 6, 2022
Algeria filed a complaint over the performance of the referee in the qualifying play-off in Blida on March 28, in which Cameroon’s Karl Toko Ekambi scored the winner with the last kick of the match.
The footage emerged online on Monday evening of the football legend and current Cameroon FA president attacking a man outside a stadium at the World Cup in Qatar.