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CAF fines Eto’o over alleged bribery

CAF fines Eto’o over alleged bribery

Confederation of African Football (CAF) has imposed a fine of $200, 000 on Samuel Eto’o Fils, a former international footballer and President of Fédération Camerounaise de Football (FECAFOOT).

The fine is imposed on the FECAFOOT president for violating the principles of ethics, integrity and sportsmanship as provided in Article 2 paragraph 3 of the CAF Statutes.

He is found to have violated the said article by signing a Brand Ambassador contract with the company 1XBET in exchange for remuneration.

READ ALSO: Samuel Eto’o Emerges President of Cameroon Football Association

He however escaped sanction in a bigger allegation of match fixing and manipulation.

Eto’o faced charges of alleged manipulation of football matches and violating the principles of ethics and integrity.

The Disciplinary Board ruled that there was insufficient proof to find him and Valentin Nkwain guilty of match manipulation.

Eto’o is a Cameroonian football administrator and former player who is the current president of the Cameroonian Football Federation. He is considered one of the greatest African footballers of all time. Eto’o has had an illustrious career as a professional footballer, playing for top clubs such as Real Madrid, Mallorca, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Everton, and others. He has won numerous accolades throughout his career, including the African Player of the Year award four times in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2010.

Eto’o began his career at Real Madrid’s youth academy before moving on to play for various clubs on loan until he signed with Mallorca in 2000. His impressive performances at Mallorca caught the attention of Barcelona, where he played from 2004 to 2009. During his time at Barcelona, Eto’o was part of a formidable attacking trio alongside Ronaldinho and Thierry Henry that achieved success in both domestic and international competitions.

In 2009, Eto’o joined Inter Milan and became the first player to win two European continental trebles following his successes with both Barcelona and Inter. He also won the UEFA Champions League with both clubs. Eto’o had subsequent stints with clubs like Anzhi Makhachkala, Chelsea, Everton, and Sampdoria before finding success in the Süper Lig with Antalyaspor.

Internationally, Eto’o represented Cameroon in multiple Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and FIFA World Cups. He was part of the squad that won the Gold Medal at the 2000 Olympics and also won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2000 and 2002. Eto’o announced his retirement from international football in August 2014.

Throughout his career, Samuel Eto’o has been known for his goal-scoring prowess, leadership on the field, and contributions to both club and country in various competitions.

 

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