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Samuel Eto’o threatens to sue CAF after match-fixing hearing

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President of the Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT), Samuel Eto’o, has threatened to institute a lawsuit against the Confederation of African Football (CAF) following a disciplinary hearing over match-fixing allegations against him.

The Cameroonian football legend announced the threat after he was invited for questioning over the allegations.

The ex-Barcelona, Chelsea and Inter Milan striker has been a subject of match-fixing allegations in his capacity as head of the FECAFOOT after he was accused of having orchestrated the promotion of a team owned by a close associate of his.

Apart from the match-fixing allegations, Eto’o is also accused of spreading false information, making threats, inciting violence and abusing power, in a scalding report sent to FIFA.

According to the report, Eto’o was charged by CAF over the alleged offences and on Wednesday, June 26th, he appeared before a disciplinary panel.

Though the outcome of the hearing are yet unknown as CAF is yet to publish an official statement, Eto’o says he is not satisfied with the process and will be seeking redress in court.

“I have mandated my lawyers to file a complaint against CAF and for responsibilities to be established,” Eto’o said while addressing journalists.

“It was too easy to tarnish everything I had built during these few years in the world of football. CAF launched a press release much too early. This is unacceptable behaviour.”

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Nine killed, 20 injured in Somalia cafe bombing during Euro football final

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At least nine people have been confirmed killed and 20 others injured following a powerful car bomb blast at a cafe in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu that was packed with football fans watching the Euro 2024 final on Sunday night.

An official from the national security agency, Mohamed Yusuf. who confirmed the incident to journalists on Monday, said the death toll could well rise as some of the injured were in critical condition.

“Nine civilians were killed and 20 others wounded in the explosion,” Yusuf said.

“There were many people inside the restaurant, most of them youth who were watching the football match… but thanks to God, most of them made their way out safely after using ladders to climb up and jump over the backside perimeter wall,” he said.

A staff member at the cafe, Mohamud Salad, who also spoke to journalists, said five people were killed outside the shop instantly.

“People were watching the European football final between Spain and England on a screen inside the café in the Somali capital when a car loaded with explosives blew up outside,” Salad said.

“We have confirmed five deaths so far and twenty others wounded. Most of the casualties were among those who were outside. Fortunately, everyone inside survived, but there was extensive damage to vehicles and properties,” Salad added.

Images posted online showed a huge fireball and plumes of smoke billowing into the night sky as the explosion ripped through the popular restaurant in the center of the city.

Though no group has claimed responsibility for the bombing, state-run Somali National News Agency said the attack was carried out by Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Shabaab jihadists.

The news agency, in a report, said that “Al-Shabaab group has been waging a bloody insurgency against Somalia’s fragile federal government for more than 17 years and has carried out numerous bombings in Mogadishu and elsewhere in the country.”

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Cameroonian football union wants Eto’o banned for life over alleged nationality fraud

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A Cameroonian football union, the Association of Amateur Football Clubs of Cameroon (ACFAC), has added to the plight of embattled president of the country’s football Federation, Fecafoot, Samuel Eto’o, by calling for his lifetime ban over alleged nationality fraud.

In a petition to the Confederation of African Football (CAF), ACFAC called for Eto’o to be banned for life from all football-related activities alleging that he is ineligible to hold the presidency of Cameroonian football as he longer possesses Cameroonian nationality since 2007, which, according to the country’s Nationality Code, would render him ineligible for the Fecafoot presidency.

Citing Article 31, paragraph (a) of law N•68-LF-3 of June 11, which states that an adult Cameroonian who voluntarily acquires or retains a foreign nationality loses their Cameroonian nationality, ACFAC asserts that Eto’o acquired Spanish nationality on July 1, 2007, and formally renounced his Cameroonian nationality, yet continued to represent Cameroon in international football until 2014.

Based on the allegations, ACFAC demands Eto’o’s suspension from his duties as Fecafoot president while an investigation is conducted.

The union further argue that if their claims are confirmed, Eto’o should face:

1. A lifetime ban from any football-related activities.

2. Repayment of all benefits received from Fecafoot since his election in December 2021.

3. A payment of 20 billion CFA francs in damages and interests.

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