SAMUEL ETO’O has apologised for his “violent altercation” with a fan at the World Cup.
But the former striker has blamed losing his temper on the “daily harassment” he receives from “some Algerian supporters.”
Shocking footage emerged of Eto’o appearing to KNEE someone in the head before Brazil’s win over South Korea.
The ex-Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea star was left incensed after exchanging words with a man holding a camera – who has since been identified as Algerian video journalist “Sadouni SM”.
And the video ended with Eto’o attacking the YouTuber before being led away from the scene.
Sadouni said afterwards: “I did all this for Algeria. Eto’o broke my camera and microphone and hit me on the chin.
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“I am at the police station for the investigation. This video must be shared.
“As Eto'o is famous, I am afraid that they will hide the case, but I trust the Qatari police.”
But Eto’o, 41, has now posted his own message on social media apologising for his actions, adding he blew his top after being “harassed daily” by Algeria fans.
Cameroon booked their World Cup spot with a controversial victory over their African rivals earlier this year.
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Algeria were left furious with the refereeing during the second leg of the play-off – even demanding for it to be replayed.
And Eto’o, who now heads Cameroon’s FA, claims he has been harassed ever since by unhappy Algeria fans.
Eto’o wrote on social media: “On last 5 December, after the Brazil-South Korea match, I had a violent altercation with a person who was probably an Algerian supporter.
“I would like to apologise for losing my temper and reacting in a way that does not match my personality. I apologise to the public for this unfortunate incident.
“I pledge to continue to resist the relentless provocation and daily harassment of some Algerian supporters.
“Indeed, since the Cameroon-Algeria match on 29 March in Blida, I have been the target of insults and allegations of cheating without any evidence.
“During this World Cup, Cameroonian fans have been harassed and pestered by Algerians on the same subject.
“I would like to mention that the scenario of Algeria’s defeat was cruel but perfectly in line with the rules and ethics of our sport.
“All the appeals made by the Algerian Football Federation to the competent jurisdictions have been rejected.
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“I therefore call on the Algerian authorities and Federation to take their responsibilities to put an end to this unhealthy climate before a more serious tragedy occurs.
“To Fennecs’ fans, I wish that they find peace and manage to overcome the disappointment of a painful defeat, now behind us.”
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