- Cameroon legend attending games in Qatar
- Watched Brazil beat South Korea in last-16
- Involved in a post-match scuffle outside venue
WHAT HAPPENED? The Cameroonian legend has been a regular at games in the Middle East and was in attendance once more for Brazil’s last-16 showdown with South Korea. While many walked away from that contest happy after seeing the Selecao put in a dazzling display of attacking intent during a 4-1 win, Eto’o found cause to pick an argument with a cameraman outside the venue and became caught up in a violent scuffle, with La Opinion catching the shocking incident on camera.
WHAT WAS SAID? Algerian YouTuber Said Mamouni was the man that took the blow from Eto'o, and he has since released a video confirming that he has reported the incident to Qatari police.
"I’m at the police station to file a complaint against Etoo, he hit me and someone else with him pushed me and destroyed my camera,'' Mamouni said on his YouTube channel. ''I asked him how is Bakary Gassama [African World Cup playoff referee], and if he gave him a bribe, he hit me and destroyed both my camera and mic, I know I will take my rights here in Qatar as it is a state of law, he did hit me in the chest and the face and in my elbow.''
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Eto’o is a legend in his native Cameroon, having scored more goals (56) for his country than any other player, and collected several major honours during a club career that took him to places such as Barcelona, Inter and Chelsea.
WHAT NEXT? While Eto’o was clearly wound up after Brazil’s latest outing in Qatar, the Selecao impressed many with their free-flowing football and eye-catching dance moves, with the South Americans beginning to move through the gears in pursuit of a sixth global crown.