Cameroon crashed out of the World Cup on Wednesday with a defeat to Croatia, but it was Tottenham player Benoit Assou-Ekotto who shocked fans, as the left-back head butted his teammate Benjamin Moukandjo.
Now, after the moment of madness, the player has revealed he believed there was good reason behind it, according to Sky Sports.
Croatia needed a win after their defeat to Brazil on the opening day, and they completed it in style beating Cameroon 4-0 with Mario Mandzukic scoring a brace, but in the 90th minute, with the African representatives already walking towards the exit doors, Assou-Ekotto lost his head.
After some words were exchanged the Tottenham defender leaned in before aggressively head butting fellow Cameroonian Moukandjo, only for Webo Kouamo to come in and break up the scrap. But recently, after Cameroon made their way home, Assou-Ekotto spoke to Sky Sports and stated there was more to the head-butt, as it all started form the opening day against Mexico.
"It all started with the first match against Mexico," Benoit said.
"Moukandjo was on my flank, he tried to dribble past two players but lost the ball. I told him he should pass it to me. The same situation happened against Croatia again. Everyone can make a mistake. But when I told him, he replied; "Get off my back!"
No action has been taken against Assou-Ekotto yet, but there is a chance the left-back could face a lengthy ban and fine from the Federation Camerounaise de Football.
In the opening game Cameroon didn't look as a team throughout their opening fixture against Mexico, with Samuel Eto'o picking up the scraps that were forced through to him as the Chelsea striker was isolated against the Mexicans.
Also the movement of possession and football seemed sloppy and basic at this stage of the tournament, and it showed as Volker Finke's men went on to lose the game 1-0, as it could have been more with two Giovanni dos Santos goals disallowed.
Then in their second game, considering they had a bright start and were only trailing by one goal through Ivica Olic, Alex Song made a foolish error by elbowing Mandzukic in the back while the striker was on the attack. This was in the referee's eye line who immediately stopped play and issued a red card for the Barcelona midfielder.
After the sending off Cameroon were on the back foot and Niko Kovac's men took control of the game to score three more goals.
Cameroon have only made it out of the group stages once in the five times they've featured in this tournament, in Mexico 1990. The World Cup in South Africa was their worst tournament to date, losing all three group games, but this may be changed come Monday when they take on hosts Brazil.
There is no questions this has been a very disappointing campaign for Cameroon as considering they were placed in a tough group fans thought they would put up a fight they are used to seeing, but have been left disappointed.
But moving on from this summer, Finke's men head into the African Cup of Nations in Morocco in 2015 and it may be time to see some fresh faces enter the team and to rebuild for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
However it is an early exit for the African nation as the headbutt from Assou-Ekotto will unfortunately be what Cameroon will be remembered for in this tournament.
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