Cameroon To Investigate Match-Fixing Claims Regarding Poor World Cup Campaign

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World Cup stars to be scrutinised due to poor World Cup performances.

Cameroonian football officials are set to investigate claims that seven of their players were involved in match-fixing at the World Cup in Brazil, according to the BBC.

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The ethics committee of the Cameroonian football association will look into allegations of “fraud” by “seven bad apples” in their three group games.

The accusations have been made in German newspaper Der Spiegel by a convicted match fixer from Singapore.

The African’s had been tipped as dark horses to get out of a difficult Group A, but lost all three of their games, including a 4-0 defeat to Croatia and scored just once.

Influential midfielder Alex Song saw red against the Croats, after he lashed out at striker Mario Mandzukic, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Benjamin Moukandjo clashed late on in the game.

The allegations were made by a convicted football match-fixer named Wilson Raj Perumal, who was captured by police in Finland in April on an international arrest warrant.

In a conversation with the German magazine he correctly predicted the score of the Croatia game and correctly predicted that a player would be given his marching orders.

A statement from Cameroon’s FA read: “Recent allegations of fraud around Cameroon’s 2014 Fifa World Cup three preliminary games, especially Cameroon versus 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’s code of conduct and the ethics of our nation.

“We are strongly committed to employ all means necessary to resolve this disruptive matter in the shortest delays.”

FIFA declined to comment on the allegations, but insisted that they would not want to “compromise any possible investigations.”

It did, however, add: “Speaking generally, the integrity of the game is a top priority for Fifa and as such we take any allegations of match manipulation very seriously.”

Cameroon’s stars allegedly refused to board the plane to Brazil over disputes about bonus payments that had apparently not been settled, and though an agreement was eventually reached it is believed the incident marred the squad’s preparations for the tournament.

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