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CAF Slaps Eto’o With Huge Fine Amid Match-Fixing Allegations

African Football Legend Samuel Eto’o has been acquitted of charges for alleged match-fixing and breaching ethical principles by the Confederation African Football (CAF), though he was fined US$200,000 (close to R4 million) in the process.

Eto’o, 43, had been in the news for the wrong reasons over 10 months ago when manipulation of football matches as well as breaching ethical principles charges were brought forth by players in Cameroon.

The former Real Madrid and Barcelona forward escaped lifetime suspension from football, after thorough examination of the evidence, the CAF Disciplinary Board came to a conclusion that there was no sufficient proof to charge him.

On Friday, CAF confirmed via its official website that the four-time African Footballer of the Year and his co-accused, Valentin Nkwain, had been cleared of any wrongdoing, though he was however handed a hefty fine, which also served as a warning to football officials and stakeholders.

“The Disciplinary Board ruled that as it stands, there is insufficient proof to find Mr Samuel Eto’o Fils and Mr Valentin Nkwain guilty of match manipulation,” CAF elaborated.

“However, the Disciplinary Board found Mr Eto’o to have seriously violated the principles of ethics, integrity and sportsmanship as provided in Article 2 paragraph 3 of the CAF Statutes by signing a Brand Ambassador contract with the company 1XBET in exchange for remuneration and consequently fined Mr Eto’o an amount of 200,000 USD.”

Eto’o was elected the president of Cameroon FA after defeating rival Seidou Mbombo Njoya, where he received 43 votes from members of FECAFOOT’s general assembly in December 2021.

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