Samuel Eto’o was seen assaulting a fan prior to Brazil’s game against South Korea. The former Cameroon legend was in attendance at the game, and was leaving the stadium when a group of fans approached him for a photo.
One of the fans said something that seemingly angered him, which caused him to lash out. The president of the Cameroonian Football Federation kicked the fan, and caught him in the race and upper chest area. He had to be restrained by those around him to prevent him from acting out further.
Samuel Eto’o lashes out at supporter after Brazil vs South Korea game
The 41-year-old apologised for his behaviour afterwards, and provided an explanation for his actions.
“I would like to apologize for losing my temper and reacting in a way that does not match my personality. I apologize to the public for this unfortunate incident,” wrote the former Cameroon striker.
“I would like to mention that the scenario of Algeria’s defeat was cruel but perfectly in line with the rules and ethics of our sport,” he added.
“All the appeals made by the Algerian Football Federation to the competent Jurisdictions have been rejected. I, therefore, call on the Algerian authorities and Federation to take responsibility to put an end to this unhealthy climate before a more serious tragedy occurs,” explained Samuel Eto’o.
The game being referenced between Cameroon and Algeria, where the former qualified, was riddled with controversial refereeing decisions. And Eto’o has had to face the heat for being on the winning side, which qualified for the World Cup, ever since.