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Fecafoot is looking into reports of match-rigging during the Indomitable Lions' woeful World Cup campaign

Fifa has refused to comment on allegations of match-fixing during Cameroon’s World Cup games for fear of compromising any possible future investigation – but stressed it takes the issue of match manipulation very seriously.

Cameroon finished bottom of Group A after losing to Mexico, Croatia and hosts Brazil with the Croatia game coming under particular scrutiny.

The Cameroon Football Association (Fecafoot) opened its own investigation on Monday with president Joseph Owona stating: “Recent allegations of fraud around Cameroon 2014 FIFA World Cup three preliminary games, especially Cameroon vs. Croatia, as well of the 'existence of seven bad apples [in our national team]' do not reflect the values and principles promoted by our administration, in line with FIFA Code of Conduct and the ethics of our nation.

"We wish to inform the general public that, though not yet contacted by FIFA in regards to this affair, our administration has already instructed its Ethics Committee, to further investigate these accusations.

"We are strongly committed to employ all means necessary to resolve this disruptive matter in the shortest delays.

"In the meantime we legitimately request that any related information, unless brought before our federation and/or its Ethics Committee, be held for or treated as mere assumption.

"We wish to reinstate that in fifty-five (55) years of existence, FECAFOOT has never been sanctioned for, involved in, or even linked to match fixing or any fraud of any kind."

Fifa would not confirm, however, whether they are conducting their own probe at this stage.

A spokesperson told Goal: “As we have said consistently – prior to the FIFA World Cup and now during it – we do not provide any comments as to whether or not an investigation is underway with regard to any alleged manipulation in any match amongst others so as not to compromise any possible investigations.

“It would only be after a decision has been taken by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee or FIFA Ethics Committee and first notified to the parties concerned that FIFA would be in a position to communicate the contents of that decision publically.

“Speaking generally, the integrity of the game is a top priority for FIFA and as such we take any allegations of match manipulation very seriously.

“FIFA continues to work closely with law enforcement agencies as well as the respective public authorities and other sports organisations on a national, regional and global level to tackle the issue of match manipulation.” 

Meanwhile, convicted match-fixer Raj Wilson Perumal has denied that he told Der Spiegel before the match against Croatia that Cameroon would lose 4-0 - with one player receiving a red card in the first half - and has hit out at the German magazine for making up claims that eventually sparked the debate about the World Cup game in question. 

"Contrary to the revelations' published by the German weekly Der Spiegel that were picked up by news outlets worldwide, I did not predict the result of the Cameroon vs Croatia match played on June 18, 2014. 

"The Facebook chat with the Der Spiegel journalist took place a few days after the match - June 21, as confirmed by my Facebook log - and was but an informal assessment of the behavior of the Cameroon team at the Brazil 2014 World Cup after they had played two of their three group stage matches, including the one with Croatia. 

"At no time did I make reference to four goals being scored or to a red card being issued. At no time did I suggest that I had any way of corroborating or substantiating what was meant to be an educated guess based on my extensive match-fixing experience.

"I apologise to the Cameroon FA and to its fans if I inadvertently offended them; it was not my intention. I strongly believe that Der Spiegel should also do the same since they placed words in my mouth that I did not utter."

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