Cameroon Football Federation President and former Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o, has said that he attacked “an Algerian supporter” outside the stadium in Qatar on Monday because he was provoked by him.
Newsbreak.ng reports that Eto’o said the man accused him of bribing a World Cup play-off referee in March.
In a video doing the rounds, the man was kneed in the chest by Eto’o – an incident that shocked many.
Reacting on Tuesday, Eto’o apologised to the public.
“I would like to apologise for losing my temper and reacting in a way that does not match my personality,” Eto’o said in a statement posted on his Twitter account.
“I apologise to the public for this unfortunate incident.
“I pledge to continue to resist the relentless provocation and daily harassment of some Algerian supporters,” Eto’o added in his statement.
“Indeed, since the Cameroon-Algeria match, I have been the target of insults and allegations of cheating without any evidence.
“During this World Cup, Cameroonian fans have been harassed and pestered by Algerians on the same subject.”