Eto’o responds to Belmadi on arbitration and the threat of legal action

The Cameroon Football Federation is determined not to stop there after the accusations of Djamel Belmadi on the sidelines of the dam for the 2022 World Cup and the qualification of the Indomitable Lions against the Fennecs. Fécafoot denounced the words of the Algerian coach on Monday evening via a press release and is considering legal proceedings against him.

We do not joke with the integrity of referees in Africa. The day after Djamel Belmadi’s crack against the Gambian official in charge of the return play-off lost by Algeria against Cameroon (1-0, 1-2, ap) on March 29, Fécafoot tackled the comments of the coach of the Fennecs.

“The Cameroonian Football Federation expresses its deep concern following the remarks made on April 24, 2022 by Mr. Djamel Belmadi, the coach-selector of the Fennecs of Algeria, following the match counting for the play-offs Zone Africa de la Qatar 2022 World Cup, released the Cameroonian body via a press release signed by President Samuel Eto’o. […] Cameroon reserves the right to bring the matter before the FIFA Ethics Commission in the coming days.

“La Fécafoot disputes these defamatory allegations”

Even before a possible complaint to the disciplinary bodies of Fifa, Fécafoot wanted to clear its honor. No, she did not benefit from favorable arbitration during the return play-off won by the Indomitable Lions in Blida. And above all, no, Cameroon did not foment any conspiracy against Algeria.

“The Fécafoot contests these defamatory allegations instilled in an allusive manner and repeatedly formulated by the Algerian football leaders, continued the body chaired by Samuel Eto’o in its document published Monday evening. It regrets that the persistence of this controversy in the long course is likely to provoke incidents similar to the verbal aggression suffered by Cameroonian officials on April 1 in Doha on the sidelines of the draw for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

Belmadi ignited Algeria

At a time when Fifa must still study an appeal filed by the Algerian Federation concerning the arbitration of this return barrage from the African zone, Djamel Belmadi unpinned against the Gambian referee during an interview for the official media of the FAF.

“Never again in life will we let two or three people conspire against our country, thundered Djamel Belmadi. We will never again see a referee like that harm a country. I have to say that I did not like it at all the day after the departure of this referee, at Algiers airport, to see him comfortably seated in the lounges drinking a coffee with a millefeuille.

The kind of statements far from the “values ​​of sport” that FECAFOOT intends to advocate, which also recalled the importance of the “glorious uncertainty” of football. While waiting to see Fifa decide in this case, it is Cameroon that will play the 2022 World Cup. In Qatar, Rigobert Song’s players will face Serbia, Switzerland and especially Brazil.

Jean Guy Lebreton RMC Sport journalist

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