the Algerian Federation responds to the Cameroonian Federation and Samuel Eto’o!

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“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 (…) Cameroon reserves the right to bring the matter before the FIFA Ethics Commission in the coming days. Fécafoot disputes these defamatory allegations instilled in an allusive manner and repeatedly formulated by Algerian football leaders. She regrets that the persistence of this long-term controversy 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.. In a press release published yesterday, the Cameroonian Federation, FECAFOOT, responded to Djamel Belmadi.

The words of the Algerian coach are enormously controversial in Africa, with particularly violent comments towards Bakary Gassama, who had officiated during the return play-off counting for the World Cup between the Fennecs and Cameroon (2-1 defeat). The Gambia in particular filed a complaint. This evening, the Algerian Federation wanted to respond to its counterpart in Cameroon.

The press release from the FAF

“The Algerian Football Federation (FAF) read with astonishment and disappointment the press release n ° 3 published, on the evening of Monday, April 25, 2022, by the Cameroonian Football Federation (FECAFOOT) and signed by its president, Mr. ETO’O Son Samuel, and would like to make the following clarifications:

The FAF, faithful to its line of conduct, has always maintained excellent, friendly and fraternal relations with the sister African federations, and more particularly with FECAFOOT, and will see to the strengthening and consolidation of these relations.

The FAF and the national coach, Mr. Djamel BELMADI in the interview referred to in this press release have, at no time, insinuated, quoted and even less accused FECAFOOT or another federation or an international body of anything is. On the other hand, they have on many occasions legitimately denounced the behavior of certain referees whose decisions and attitudes have had a negative influence on the course or even the result of a match.

The FAF, like any other federation around the world, has used its legitimate right to defend its interests before the competent international bodies, in accordance with the regulations in force.

Also, just like FECAFOOT, the FAF is fundamentally attached to the values ​​and virtues of sport, and has always loyally accepted the results that were against it in a total spirit of fair play, without complaining or accusing anyone. is.

This cannot be the case when the referee falsifies the outcome of a match.

And, the history of football is richly full of broken destinies, dramatic epics, but also injustices, in particular of an arbitration order.

Denouncing the behavior of certain referees is part of a general interest approach, to which most football players adhere, for the good and preservation of the integrity of the game in our dear continent to which we belong and of which we we share the values ​​and are jealous of its reputation and its image.

Finally, the FAF is delighted in advance and will be delighted to support FECAFOOT in its quest to shed light on this affair before the FIFA Ethics Committee; because Ethics and integrity have always been part of the principles bravely defended and in all circumstances by Algeria. »

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