Eto’o faces probe
Inter Milan star Samuel Eto’o and two of his Cameroon teammates face disciplinary proceedings launched by Fecafoot, the country’s football federation, an official told AFP on Thursday.
“Three players have been summoned by the disciplinary committee,” the Fecafoot official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP.
“They are Eto’o, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Alexandre Song.”
Eto’o has been summoned because “he didn’t train after an incident with Alexandre Song and interfered in the substitution of a player in the Cameroon-Senegal match (on June 4),” explained the official.
During the match in question, a 0-0 draw in a 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier here, Eto’o openly expressed his dissatisfaction when forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting was replaced by full-back Henri Bedimo.
“If I cause disciplinary problems in the national team, they should punish me,” Eto’o said last Sunday in a show on local television station STV2.
Arsenal defensive midfielder Song has been summoned due to “the incident with Eto’o,” according to the same source.
A few days prior to the Senegal match, Song — who was making his return to the Cameroon squad after being temporarily excluded following last year’s World Cup — refused to shake Eto’o’s out-stretched hand.
“Don’t give this incident more importance than it deserves,” Song said in an interview with the daily Le Jour on June 9.
The Cameroonian media believe that Eto’o was responsible for the exclusion of some of his team-mates, including Song, after their disappointing group-stage elimination at last year’s World Cup in South Africa.
Tottenham Hotspur left-back Assou-Ekotto has been asked to explain why he did not send a “note” justifying his absence from the June 4 match, despite having received a call-up.
The three players have eight days to respond to the summons and can choose either to appear in person or to be represented by a third party.
Once the hearings have taken place, Fecafoot will decide whether or not to issue sanctions.
Last August, Fecafoot adopted a new disciplinary code for players and staff, with possible punishments ranging up to “definitive exclusion from the national team”.