Samuel Eto’o warns media on defamation

The Anzhi star says he will take action if some of the media continue to tarnish his image despite his temporary suspension from the Cameroon football scene

Former Cameroon captain and Anzhi Makhachkala striker Samuel Eto’o released a statement on his website over the weekend to denounce a number of articles published by two Cameroonian websites.

The sites in question are Camfoot and Nouvelle Expression, as well as Football356, an international sports website, threatening to take necessary court action if the “attacks” persist.

“I made it a point of honour to stay away from Cameroon football news following the sanction imposed on me by the Fecafoot (Cameroon FA),” Eto’o said. “However, some certain media like Football365, Camfoot and Nouvelle Expression are taking the advantage to tarnish my image.

“I was extremely angered by the articles these websites published recently linking me to a number of problems within the Fecafoot and the country’s football.

“By God's grace and strength of my work, I’ve managed to build a respectable image that I use to serve both my continent and my country. And should the media persecution persist, I would find myself in the sad obligation to take necessary court actions to protect my image,” he added.

The four-time African Football of the Year is serving out an eight-month suspension imposed by the football body last January for his role in the team’s boycott of a friendly match against Algeria last November.