Samuel Eto’o, former Cameroonian striker and president of the country’s football federation, has tendered an apology for physically assaulting a cameraman at the World Cup on Monday.
Eto’o, in a statement on his Twitter handle on Tuesday, 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 apologise for losing my temper and reacting in a way that does not match my personality. I apologise to the public for this unfortunate incident.”
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 shocking 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.