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Samuel Eto’o fingered in match-fixing scandal

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Former Barcelona, Real Madrid and Real Mallorca striker Samuel Eto’o continues to make the headlines for all the wrong reasons as President of the Cameroonian FA.

Earlier in the week, he was accused by a former Vice-President of trying to ruin Andre Onana’s international career. Now, he has been accused of helping to fix matches in the national leagues.ç

According to Camfoot, via La Razon, Eto’o had promised to ensure two sides would be promoted to the top division in Cameroon. A conversation has been published where Eto’o allegedly tells Valentine Gwain, President of Victoria United.

 “There are things we can do, but you have to be very discreet brother. I’m out of the country. I haven’t even had time to go home and work with the president because I can’t call the refs directly and tell them to be careful. But I can work with the president [of the referees].”

 “Don’t worry, we’ll give you your three points and we will suspend the referee. But let me at least come back to Cameroon. I arrive on the 3rd (of January) in the evening. So we’ll meet in the office on the 4th. But I’m going to discard this referee anyway. I’m going to disqualify him. On the 4th we’ll meet in the office, and that’s when I’ll summon the president of the referees.”

 “It’s better that we meet discreetly.Maybe you organize two days, you invite your wives to Yaounde, we see each other discreetly, we talk and you leave. It’s important to have a good relationship with the president of the league. He has the power. And from there, he, with his commissions, will be able to suspend even the president of the referees.”

Victoria United would be promoted to the top division in April of this year. as of yet Eto’o is yet to respond to these accusations, but it is pointed out by Cadena Cope, FIFA went on to give the Cameroonian FA a fresh €6.5m grant, just days after this conversation was made public.

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Motherwell stuns Rangers at Home

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Impressive Motherwell secured their first victory at Ibrox in nine years to end Scottish Premiership leaders Rangers’ 11-game winning run.

Theo Bair’s early strike – his 11th goal of the season – was cancelled out by James Tavernier’s 60th-minute penalty.

But Dan Casey headed the eighth-placed side’s winner that swings the title race back in the direction of Celtic.

Philippe Clement’s side remain two points clear at the top of the table.

However, reigning champions Celtic can regain the lead they enjoyed for much of the season when they visit Heart of Midlothian on Sunday.

Motherwell manager Stuart Kettlewell told BBC Scotland just before kick-off that he felt he had a formula to frustrate both sides of the Old Firm.

His side had lost by a single goal on their last visit to Ibrox and they rarely looked back after making a composed start that was in stark contrast to their surprisingly nervy hosts.

When centre-half John Souttar made a mess of trying to intercept a through ball to Jack Vale, the striker exploited the space behind and set up strike partner Bair for a 15-yard finish off the far post.

Rangers looked shaken and disjointed, but they gradually grew into the game only to find goalkeeper Liam Kelly and his defence in defiant form.

With winger Ross McCausland forced off after a strong Casey challenge that did not even produce a booking, replacement Fabio Silva ought to have equalised with his first touch only to shoot weakly straight at Kelly.

Rangers thought they had equalised, only for Cyriel Dessers to be ruled offside, but they eventually did after Stephen O’Donnell’s slide into Silva produced the penalty from which Tavernier fired his 21st goal of the season off the underside of the bar.

The hosts piled forward hoping to repeat their midweek comeback win over Kilmarnock.

However, Blair Spittal had already fired a warning off the crossbar before Rangers’ equaliser and the hosts’ defensive frailties were again exposed when the midfielder’s cross found Casey to provide the killer blow in a thrilling finish.

Home defeat is not the ideal preparation for Rangers as they travel to meet Benfica in the Europa League last 16 on Thursday (20:00 GMT) before visiting Hibernian in the Scottish Cup quarter-finals, while Motherwell are not in action again until hosting Aberdeen in the league on 16 March (15:00).

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Tottenham left it late again

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Tottenham left it late again as three goals in the final 13 minutes saw them come from behind to eventually see off Oliver Glasner’s Crystal Palace 3-1.

Ange Postecoglou’s side came from behind to win for the fifth time this season as they once again did it the hard way, having trailed to Eberechi Eze’s wonderful free-kick shortly after the hour.

The hosts should have been ahead by then when Timo Werner wasted a glorious chance when played clean through, but they struggled to create against Glasner’s dogged visitors until they eventually pulled level.

Brennan Johnson’s sheer determination saw him beat Joachim Andersen out wide and allowed him space to tee-up a simple finish for Werner to level with his debut Tottenham goal.

Spurs ended up handing Glasner a harsh welcome to the Premier League when they went in front three minutes later, as Cristian Romero nodded home James Maddison’s brilliant hooked cross.

Heung-Min Son then put the gloss on what had seemed for so long to be a miserable afternoon for Spurs as he raced through late on to seal victory with his first club goal of 2024.

 

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Axel Disasi header rescues point for Blues

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A late header from Axel Disasi rescued a 2-2 draw for Chelsea at Brentford after Yoane Wissa’s stunning overhead kick had given the hosts a second-half lead.

Chelsea looked to put their Carabao Cup final defeat further behind them having beaten Leeds in the FA Cup on Wednesday and they were on course to do so when Nicolas Jackson deservedly headed them in front during the first half.

Brentford had been hanging on for half-time but were transformed after the break, with Mads Roerslev pouncing in the box to equalise within five minutes before Wissa’s brilliant acrobatic volley put them ahead.

Brentford looked to put the game to bed late on as Sergio Reguilon’s header hit a post but it was Disasi who had the final say, nodding home at a corner in the 83rd minute after Bees goalkeeper Mark Flekken had cheaply conceded the set-piece.

 

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