Samuel Eto’o. (Picture by Lionel Hahn/Getty Photos)
Former Cameroon World Cup star Samuel Eto’o went into hiding Tuesday after showing to knee an Algerian blogger within the face in a viral video.
The 41-year-old Cameroon federation president and ambassador for the Qatar World Cup flew right into a rage after being approached as he left Brazil’s 4-1 win over South Korea in Doha on Monday night time.
The video confirmed the four-time African participant of the yr breaking free from individuals searching for to restrain him and kneeing the face of the blogger, named as Sadouni SM.
The person fell again after being struck. Eto’o was pulled away and has not commented or been seen since.
A Cameroon federation official stated that former Barcelona striker Eto’o didn’t wish to converse concerning the incident.
The African soccer legend was surrounded as quickly as he left the 974 Stadium the place the spherical of 16 match was performed.
Carrying a blue baseball cap, he’s seen permitting selfies with some followers earlier than he was approached by the Algerian.
It’s not recognized what remark was made, however Eto’o handed his cell phone to a person earlier than surging on the blogger to ship the blow along with his knee.
Sadouni SM stated in a video posted on-line Tuesday that his digicam and microphone had been “smashed” within the incident.
“He hit me,” the person provides, pointing to his chin.
Cameroon beat Algeria on away objectives in a World Cup qualifier this yr and Algeria later condemned the referee.
“I did all that for Algeria,” Sadouni SM says within the video.
“I’m on the police station now for the inquiry.
“This video have to be shared. As Eto’o is a star I’m afraid they are going to cowl up the inquiry, however I belief the Qatari police,” he added.
Qatar’s World Cup organising committee didn’t instantly touch upon the incident. Eto’o toured Senegal, Cameroon and Ghana in August to advertise the World Cup.
The previous worldwide has a historical past of fiery outbursts, receiving a three-match ban in 2010 for headbutting an opponent whereas taking part in for Inter.