Cameroon investigates player spat in Croatia game

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 20, 2014 at 2:58 pm •  Published: June 20, 2014
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Cameroon's football federation is investigating what it calls "disgraceful behavior" by some of its players in the 4-0 loss to Croatia at the World Cup, when defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto head-butted a teammate.

FECAFOOT said players could be punished through the internal investigation ahead of Cameroon's final Group A game against Brazil on Monday. Cameroon is already eliminated after two poor performances in losses to Mexico and Croatia.

Toward the end of the game against the Croatians in Manaus on Wednesday, Assou-Ekotto thrust his head into the face of Benjamin Moukandjo and the pair scuffled in front of their goal before being separated by another Cameroon player. Midfielder Alex Song was earlier sent off for elbowing Croatia's Mario Mandzukic in the back in an off-the-ball incident.

"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," FECAFOOT said. The "disgraceful behavior is being further investigated internally."

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