World Cup 2014

World Cup: Cameroon soccer federation investigating claims of match-fixing, including heavy loss vs. Croatia

Cameroon, 2014 World Cup

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Cameroon's national soccer federation has announced it will be investigating claims of match-fixing involving its national team during the 2014 World Cup.

The Indomitable Lions were one of the worst teams at the tournament, finishing last in Group A after three straight losses to Mexico (1-0), Croatia (4-0) and Brazil (4-1)

It's the heavy loss to Croatia that has particularly attracted worldwide attention after German outlet Der Spiegel reported that convicted match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal accurately predicted the final scoreline and the first-half ejection of a Cameroon player in a pregame Facebook chat. It was FC Barcelona midfielder Alex Song who was sent off for suddenly flinging an elbow into the back of an unknowing Mario Mandzukic in the 41st minute (WATCH IT HERE).

During the same match, Cameroon left back Benoit Assou-Ekotto and teammate Benjamin Moukandjo were involved in an altercation, which Assou-Ekotto claims was related to a turnover.

"We wish to inform the general public that, though not yet contacted by FIFA in regards to this affair, our administration has already instructed its Ethics Committe, to further investigate these accusations," read the Cameroon federation's statement published on its web site. "We are strongly committed to employ all means necessary to resolve this disruptive matter in the shortest delays.

"In the meantime we legitimately request that any related information, unless brought before our federation and/or its Ethics Committee, be held for or treated as mere assumption."