The showdown between Benoit Assou-Ekotto and team-mate Benjamin Moukandjo including the off-ball punch orchestrated by Alex Song on a Croatian player on June 18 may not go unpunished as the Cameroon Football Federation (Fecafoot) has opened an internal investigation into what it has termed ‘disgraceful behavior.’
“The recent acts of violence that took place during the match against Croatia do NOT reflect the values of FAIR PLAY and RESPECT as promoted by our Federation, Staff and National Team as a group,” Fecafoot said on its official website on Friday.
“As expressed by our Coach during his press conference after the match, it is important that our Team remains focused for its last game against Brazil; the mentioned disgraceful behavior is being further investigated internally, and will be up for sanction if so judged by the mandated internal bodies,” the federation disclosed.
During Cameroon’s second outing against Croatia in the ongoing World Cup in Brazil, Assou-Ekotto head-butted Benjamin Moukandjo after a short but tensed argument right on the field of play. The incident almost continued in the tunnel, but injured striker Samuel Eto’o, who watched the match from the sidelines, stepped in the way of Assou-Ekotto.
What motivated Assou-Ekotto to expose such ‘dirty habits’ of the team to the whole world remains unclear? Even coach Volker Finke says he has no idea. “It’s unimaginable. I saw this happen and I need to find out exactly what happened, why exactly these two players exploded,” said the German manager in a post-match comment. “I hate to see that. It’s not the image of Cameroon I want to project,” he added.
Alex Song also compounded issues for the Indomitable Lions when he was red-carded for elbowing Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic in the back. However, Song seems to have acknowledged he misbehaved. “I am very sad. I have the impression I let my country down and allowed myself to be carried away. My act was stupid and uncalled for. If I could do anything to redress the situation, I will. Please forgive me,” he said in a statement