Shocking footage has emerged online of football legend and Cameroon FA president Samuel Eto’o attacking a man outside a stadium at the ongoing World Cup.
The clip shows the former Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea striker leaving Stadium 974 in Doha, having just watched Brazil enjoy a win against South Korea in their round-of-16 match.
At first, Eto’o appears happy to pose for photos with waiting supporters as he makes his way out of the venue, before a man with a video camera approaches him.
The footage, filmed by La Opinion, then shows the duo exchanging words, before the video cuts to a few seconds later, and Eto’o going back to the scene to confront the man.
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It is unclear what was said to get Eto’o angry – who is in Qatar in his role as World Cup 2022 legacy ambassador – but he reacts furiously and starts pushing the cameraman.
At this point, several onlookers step in to try and quell the disruption, but Eto’o is set on chasing the man and has to be held back as he continues to try and confront him.
With four men holding Eto’o back, the footage then reveals him giving his phone to a man, before breaking out of the huddle to knee the man in the face, knocking him to the ground.
The blow appears to occur as the man is bending down, leaving him unaware of Eto’o returning to continue the confrontation despite been held back.
Although understandably shocked, the unknown man is helped to his feet and did not seem to be badly hurt by the blow, while Eto’o is held back again by two men.
As reported by La Opinion, Eto’o was asked what had happened by reporters, but he was ‘out of his mind’ and had to be led away by security.
An hour before the incident occurred, Eto’o was pictured inside the stadium with former NFL player Chad Johnson while watching the Brazil game.
His main concern in Qatar was, clearly, watching his nation Cameroon and how their competition unfolded, but it came to an end with a group stage exit – despite a win over Brazil.