Football legend and current Cameroon FA president, Samuel Eto’o, has been in the news recently for attacking a man outside a stadium in Qatar at the ongoing 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Forty-eight hours after the video circulated on social media, the assaulted man, an Algerian YouTuber Said Momouni, has explained the incident that led to the violent altercation between himself and Eto’o.
In a YouTube video on Tuesday evening, Mamouni said he had asked Eto’o if he (Eto’o) bribed the referee that officiated the World Cup playoff between Cameroon and Algeria that saw Cameroon qualify for the 2022 tournament.
The YouTuber added that he has filed a complaint to the Qatari police on the assault.
He said, “I’m at the police station to file a complaint against Eto’o. He hit me and someone with him pushed me.
“I asked him how is Bakary Gassama (referee that took charge of African World Cup play off) and if he gave him a bribe. He then hit me and destroyed both my camera and mic.
“I will take my rights here in Qatar as it is a state of law. He did hit me in the chest, in the face and on my elbow,” Momouni added.
Eto’o however apologised for his outburst on his Twitter page on Tuesday evening, saying the violent altercation did not match his personality.
Eto’o wrote, “I would like to apologise for losing my temper and reacting in a way that does not match my personality. I apologise to the public for this unfortunate incident.”
Algeria had filed a complaint over the performance of the referee in the qualifying play-off in Blida on March 28, in which Cameroon’s Karl Toko Ekambi scored the winner with the last kick of the match.