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July 1, 2014

Cameroon Launches World Cup Match Fixing Investigation On Itself

by Jared

In other news, apparently there are people actually betting on Cameroon World Cup matches. That’s when you know you have a gambling problem.

So Cameroon’s soccer federation is investigating match-fixing allegations against its own squad following its three World Cup Group Stage matches, in which it lost all three games by a combined score of 9-1 (1-0 Mexico, 4-0 Croatia, 4-1 Brazil). Convicted match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal allegedly predicted correctly the final score of the Cameroon-Croatia match on June 18.

The magazine said Perumal, a Singaporean with ties to Asian and Eastern European gambling syndicates, had accurately predicted the result of the Croatia match and that Cameroon would have a player sent off in the first half.

David Purdum, who is a convicted match fixer, correctly predicted that Cameroon would lose to Croatia 4-0.

Perumal allegedly made the accusation in a Facebook conversation with German magazine Der Spiegel. Cameroon’s soccer federation cited the possible existence of “seven bad apples” on the squad. Seven Men Out.

“Recent allegations of fraud around Cameroon’s three 2014 FIFA World Cup preliminary games, especially Cameroon vs. Croatia, as well as the ‘existence of seven bad apples (in our national team)’ do not reflect the values and principles promotes by our administration in line with the FIFA Code of Conduct and the ethics of our nation,” Fecafoot said in the statement.

“We wish to inform the general public that, though not contacted by FIFA in regards to this affair, our administration has already instructed its ethics committee to further investigate these accusations.”

FIFA refused to confirm that any investigation was ongoing by its security department, which should take the lead in any probe of a World Cup match.

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