Cameroon chiefs to look into World Cup match-fixing claim


YAOUNDE, Cameroon — Cameroon soccer chiefs said Monday they plan to investigate reports of alleged match-fixing involving the country’s World Cup squad. A statement on the Cameroon Football Federation’s (FECAFOOT) official Facebook page said the body’s Ethics Committee would lead the investigation. It followed a report in Germany which claimed a Singaporean match-fixer had accurately predicted the score line before Cameroon’s 4-0 thrashing by Croatia in Group A on June 18. The report said the match-fixer had also predicted that a Cameroon player would be sent off in the first half. Alex Song was dismissed during the opening 45 minutes for a foul on Mario Mandzukic.

“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,” FECAFOOT said. “We are strongly committed to employ all means necessary to resolve this disruptive matter in the shortest delays.” The statement added that Cameroon soccer had never been sanctioned for “match-fixing or any fraud of any kind.”