- FIFA are under pressure to censure body’s Secretary General Fatma Samoura
- Samoura hailed Cameroon despite their unsportsmanlike behaviour against England
- Cameroon coach Alain Djeumfa refused to condemn or even apologise for his side's behaviour
FIFA is under fire to sanction the body’s Secretary General Fatma Samoura after she applauded Cameroon despite disgraceful scenes that marred their last 16 clash against England at the Women’s World Cup.
According to UK Sun report, the FIFA scribe Samoura took to the social media, to hail the “Indomitable Lionesses” for their “inspirational” display, even as England manager Phil Neville was left “utterly ashamed” of what happened during the math.
“If that was my players they would never play for England again,” noted Neville, who also revealed Cameroon fans were also involved in free-for-all fight in the VIP area at the Stade du Hainaut as well as the Valenciennes hotel were both teams were quartered.
Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses refused to continue playing for about three minutes after Ellen White’s second goal for England was allowed after a VAR review.
And they also threatened to leave the pitch after their “goal” was cancelled for a marginal but correct VAR offside call.
But Samoura tweeted the following : “To my sisters the Lionesses. Your participation in the Women’s World Cup has inspirated many young girls in Cameroon.
“Your passionate and talented play on the field has made your fans proud and your country is proud of you.”
However, Cameroon coach Alain Djeumfa did not say anything about his side’s behaviour during the encounter, but was quick claim they were the victims of a “miscarriage of justice” alleging the Chinese referee was unfair with her calls.
FIFA downplayed Neville’s statement in a brief statement regarding the safety of guests fleeing for their safety in the VIP area.
“Following the match between England and Cameroon in Valenciennes, the post-match debrief highlighted that a number of Cameroon fans had moved to the seats behind the team benches during the match in order to create a ‘fan block’.
“This required management by stadium stewards who, in the interests of all spectators, moved other ticket holders into hospitality seating.
“Although there was some verbal exchange between Cameroon supporters and stewards, there has been no report of any physical confrontation,” FIFA’s statement read in part.
FIFA are under intense pressure to release a statement on the behaviour and comments of the Cameroon side along with disciplinary action they intend taking.
The world body has also been asked to to respond to Samoura’s comments, which will be seen as a direct violation of Fifa’s policies over “fair play”.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that England vs Cameroon has so far been the most controversial game at the ongoing FIFA Women's World Cup in France as the game ended 3-0 in favour of the British side.
Though Phil Neville's team won the match by 3-0 but there were certain calls by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) that made let Cameroon players out of control.
England were awarded a free-kick inside the penalty box after Annette Ngo Ndom picked up a back pass from Augustine Ejangue.
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