Incredible footage captures the striker leaving Stadium 974 in Doha after watching Brazil easily defeat South Korea in their round of 16 match. He formerly played for Barcelona, Inter Milan, and Chelsea.
Before a man with a video camera approaches him to his right, Eto’o first appears content to pose for pictures with waiting fans as he exits the arena, according to Daily Mail.
The video, which was captured by La Opinion, then appears to show the two speaking before cutting to a few seconds later and Eto’o coming back to the scene to confront the man.
Uncertainty surrounds what was said to incense Eto’o, who is in Qatar serving as the World Cup 2022 Legacy Ambassador. Nevertheless, he reacts angrily and starts to push the cameraman.
At this point, a number of onlookers intervene to try to calm the situation, but Eto’o is determined to pursue the man and must ultimately be restrained as he makes an effort to confront him.
The video then shows Eto’o giving a man his phone while being restrained by four men. He then emerges from the group and knees the man in the face, sending him to the ground.
The vicious strike appears to come as the man is stooping, oblivious to Eto’o returning to resume the argument.
While Eto’o is again being held back by two men, the unidentified man is helped to his feet and does not appear to have been seriously hurt by the shocking blow.
According to La Opinion, reporters reportedly asked Eto’o what had happened right away, but he was reportedly “out of his mind” and had to be quickly led away by security.
Eto’o was photographed inside the stadium watching the Brazil game with former NFL player Chad Johnson an hour prior to the unsavoury event.
His focus in Qatar was undoubtedly keeping an eye on his native Cameroon and how their tournament played out, although despite a victory over Brazil, they were eliminated in the group round.
The Cameroon Football Federation and Eto’o have both been approached by Daily Mail for comment.
2019 saw the end of Eto’o’s career as a player, after a stint with Qatar SC in Qatar. He graduated from the Real Madrid academy in 1997, and after stints with Barcelona, Inter Milan, and Chelsea, he is best known for them.
The second-most of any player in history, he has also earned 118 caps for his nation.
The 41-year-old has already made headlines for reasons unrelated to football, having received a 22-month suspended prison sentence in June for a £3 million tax scam after failing to register income from the sale of image rights.
Sport reports that the former striker for Barcelona and Inter Milan agreed to the wrongdoing but claims that his former agent Jose Maria Mesalles tried to manipulate him.
Eto’o’s failure to report income from the sale of image rights to Puma and Barcelona on his personal income tax return between 2006 and 2009 is related to the fraud.