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Convicted match-fixer claims Cameroon players fixed World Cup games

Jul 1, 2014, 7:49 AM EDT

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Well this isn’t good.

A convicted match-fixer tells German magazine Der Spiegel that up to seven Cameroon players were involved in fixing their group matches at the World Cup this year.

The Indomitable Lions looked poor in defeats by Mexico, Brazil and Croatia.

In one match, Alex Song was sent off and detained match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal of Singapore correctly told authorities there would be a sending-off and 4-0 score line.

From the BBC:

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.”

The investigation will form part of a wider inquiry ordered by the country’s president, Paul Biya, into the team’s poor performance at the World Cup.

Fifa did not comment on whether it was looking into the issue as football’s world governing body did not want to “compromise any possible investigations”.

Cameroon players initially refused to board their plane to World Cup in protest of unpaid bonuses, and these allegations certainly contend that money ruled their roost once they crossed the Atlantic.

The Indomitable Lions lost 1-0 to Mexico, 4-1 to Brazil and 4-0 to Croatia.

This is the part in the post where we’re supposed to sum up what this means in a wise and clever way to transmit the news in a digestible fashion. Here’s what I’m giving you: if this is true, it stinks.

  1. Greg - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    African football is riddled with corruption up to the highest levels, money is everything wrong with the game

  2. thedeadlockvictim - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:22 AM

    “I’ll pay you $10K to lose to Brazil.”

    “Uhh, OK!”

  3. urallstupid - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    maybe fifa should be the ones paying these players. seeing as how they make billions off this.

    • reformed2012 - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:25 AM

      then people will say IOC needs to pay those atheletes too…..

  4. jrocknstuff - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    I said it at the time and I’ll say it again, the very first thing I thought when Song threw that punch from behind is that he was on the take to throw the match. To me, there was absolutely no other valid explanation as to why he would do something like that.

    • handsofsweed - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:33 PM

      Right. And the last two goals against Croatia? You could tell that they literally quit. It even kinda looked like the Croatian guys suspected what was going on and took advantage of it.

      (NOT saying the Croats were in on the fix at all, though!!)

  5. acieu - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    The irony is FIFA investigating any Member for corruption with its own track record. Why have the non corrupt national associations not blown it up by forming a new international organization? Then standards could be established without the moral decay of FIFA permeating the whole of the game.

  6. acieu - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    The corrupt investigating the corrupt?

  7. balboafan1 - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised at all to learn that they did in fact lose on purpose. The people of Cameroon know the truth, and that is that the team is made up of mainly relatives of those in government. That’s why citizens of Cameroon won’t even watch the World Cup. They are disgusted by the fact that their country’s best players were removed from the team so that the rich and powerful can plug in their own kids. If I was one of the few remaining legit players on that team I would probably lose on purpose too.

  8. mazblast - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    When I saw the Cameroon players get into it with each other during the Croatia debacle, including one possibly head-butting a teammate, my reaction was, “Someone who isn’t in on a fix just found out about it and either wants a piece of the action or wants to stop it.” It simply seemed so incongruous that players on the same team would have such a public scrap.

    FIFA will do little if anything about this. Its board members are probably upset that they didn’t get a piece of the action themselves.

    As for the poor performance of the African and particularly the Asian sides in the group stage, we can be confident that FIFA will be FIFA–they’ll take spots AWAY from CONCACAF and South America and increase the ones allotted to Asia and Africa.

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