Samuel Eto’o has issued an apology after getting into a physical altercation with an Algerian YouTuber whilst in Dubai for the World Cup.
The ex-Barcelona and Chelsea striker was caught on camera kneeing a man as he filmed him while he left Stadium 974 in Doha where Brazil had just beaten South Korea 4-1 Monday, December 5.
Eto’o lost his temper after the YouTuber named Said Mamouni asked whether Eto’o had given the referee a bribe before Cameroon’s crucial playoff victory over Algeria in March, which granted his side a place at the World Cup in Qatar.
The former striker, who is currently Cameroon FA president issued a statement apologizing for his actions.
In his statement, Eto’o wrote: ‘On 5 December, after the Brazil-South Korea match, I had a violent altercation with a person who was probably an Algerian supporter.
‘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.
‘I pledge to continue to resist the relentless provocation and daily harassment of some Algerian supporters. Indeed, since the Cameroon-Algeria matches on 29th March in Blida.
‘I have been the target of insults and allegations of cheating without any evidence. During this World Cup, Cameroonian fans have been harassed and pestered by Algerians on the same subject.
‘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. 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 their responsibilities to put an end to this unhealthy climate before a more serious tragedy occurs.
‘To Fennecs’ fans, I wish that they find peace and manage to overcome the disappointment of a painful defeat, now behind us”.
In the footage of the attack shared by La Opinion, a Spanish newspaper, Eto’o was seen attacking the man at the end of the Brazil-South Korea game.
According to the viral video, Eto’o was escorted out of the stadium, while a crowd of fans approached the former footballer to ask for photos and greet him. One of them approached him with a camera to record him and said something that angered the Cameroonian, as can be seen in the images filmed by journalist, Ricardo Lopez Juarez, of La Opinion de Los Angeles, who witnessed the events.
Something appeared to be said after Eto’o had walked away from the fan, and he then turned and approached the individual.
The clip shows him chasing after the man and assaulting him. The man falls to the ground.