Samuel Eto’o Penalized $200K by CAF Over Ethical Violations

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has imposed a $200,000 fine on Samuel Eto’o, the President of the Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT), for ethical violations.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has imposed a $200,000 fine on Samuel Eto’o, the President of the Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT), for ethical violations.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has imposed a $200,000 fine on Samuel Eto’o, the President of the Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT), for ethical violations.

Eto’o faced allegations of match-fixing but was cleared of these charges due to insufficient evidence. However, CAF’s Disciplinary Board found him guilty of breaching its ethical code by accepting a remuneration-based Brand Ambassador contract with the betting company 1XBET, violating Article 2, paragraph 3 of the CAF Statutes.

A statement from CAF highlighted, “Mr. Samuel Eto’o Fils was charged with alleged manipulation of football matches and violating ethical principles.

The Disciplinary Board concluded there was not enough evidence to convict him and Mr. Valentin Nkwain of match manipulation. Nonetheless, Mr. Eto’o breached the ethics and integrity principles by signing a Brand Ambassador contract with 1XBET and was fined $200,000.”

Eto’o had previously expressed a desire to step down as President following Cameroon’s disappointing performance in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

He urged the Executive Committee members to consider doing the same. However, after extensive discussions, the committee unanimously rejected his resignation, affirming their support for Eto’o’s leadership in continuing the advancement of Cameroonian football.

A celebrated former striker for clubs like Barcelona and Chelsea, Eto’o has been leading FECAFOOT for three years and remains a significant figure in African football despite the recent fine.

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