The Cameroonian Football Federation are investigating claims that seven of their players were involved in match fixing during the World Cup, according to The Guardian.
The federation, Fecafoot, revealed that it had told its ethics committee to look into the allegations of what it describes as "fraud" during their three matches in Brazil. Cameroon failed to win up any point during their group stage games, losing to Mexico, Croatia and Brazil with their 4-0 loss to the Croats the match being investigated in particular.
Investigation to begin
Fecafoot released a statement regarding the recent allegations and suggested that they will discover whether these rumours are true.
"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," Fecafoot 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 with the shortest delay," Fecafoot's interim president, Joseph Owona, said.
Fraudster predicted downfall?
It is believed that the accusations originated from convicted fraudster Wilson Raj Perumal who predicted, to the German magazine Der Spiegel, that they would lose 4-0 to Croatia and have a man sent off.
Cameroon ultimately lost the match 4-0 and also had midfielder Alex Song sent off before half-time for a ludicrous elbow in the back of Croatia's Mario Mandzukic. The match was also marred towards the end when defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto attempted the headbutt team-mate Benjamin Moukandjo.
This isn't the first controversy involving an African side at this summer's World Cup. Ghana and Nigeria, now both out of the tournament, had disputes over money in Brazil. Ghana had Sulley Muntari sent home for hitting an official and also Kevin-Prince Boateng for allegedly swearing at the manager.
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