YAOUNDE - Arsenal midfielder Alex
Song has been fined for refusing a reconciliatory handshake from
Samuel Eto'o, reflecting continuing divisions in the Cameroon
Song was fined one million CFA Francs ($2,159) after a
disciplinary hearing of the Cameroon Football Federation, state
radio reported at the weekend.
Song had been charged along with Eto'o and Tottenham
defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto, who did not attend the hearing.
Song, who has not played for his country since a bust-up
with captain Eto'o during the World Cup last year, had refused
to shake hands with the African Footballer of the Year when the
two met ahead of an African Nations Cup qualifier against
Senegal earlier this month.
It was the first time that Song, who missed the match
because of injury, had returned to the squad since last year's
World Cup in South Africa. His disagreements with Eto'o led to
him being sidelined during the tournament, in which Cameroon
lost all their matches.
Eto'o was found not guilty at the hearing of missing a
training session and showing indiscipline during the Senegal
match when he disputed a substitution that coach Javier
Assou-Ekotto was given an official warning for missing the
match without explanation, the radio reported.
The June 4 match ended goalless, effectively costing
Cameroon the chance of a place in next year's finals.
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