Match Fixer Denies Der Spiegel Story on Cameroon Throwing World Cup Game

by Editor | July 2, 2014 2:43 am

CNN – Convicted Singaporean match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal is categorically denying a story published by German weekly Der Spiegel alleging that the Cameroon team was involved in fixing a World Cup game in Brazil.

The Cameroon federation, known as FECAFOOT, has pledged to investigate Der Spiegel’s allegations, which focused on the national side’s second Group A game against Croatia; purportedly based on an interview with Perumal.

“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,” said Perumal in a statement published online.

“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.”

CNN has been sent screen grabs of two Facebook conversations between Perumal and the journalist, Rafael Buschmann, by the fixer’s representative.

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