Africa is calling for punishment for the Women’s Cameroon team in the World Cup.
In their game against England, they showed many signs of unsportsmanlike conduct.
Early in the game, Cameroon received a yellow card for elbowing an English midfielder in the face.
In the 14th minute, England tried to cross a ball back into the box, but a Cameroon defender got to it first. She passed it back to her keep, who then picked up the back pass. This resulted in an indirect free kick for England right outside the six. English defender, Steph Houghton, then scored their first goal of the game, but it left Cameroon agitated.
In the fourth minute of stoppage time in the first half, England scored again. With a pass into the top of the box, Ellen White scored. It looked to be offside from the line referee, so they went to VAR. She was not offside, which allowed the goal.
Cameroon was confused and frustrated. They huddled for a talk before kicking off to resume play.
In the 48th minute, Cameroon scored, however they went to VAR in order to confirm. Ajara Nchout’s back heel was offsides, so Cameroon was not given the goal. Small offside calls have been called all tournament. However, Cameroon players still got extremely upset with the officials.
Alex Greenwood scored in the 58th minute from a corner. This finished the game with a 3-0 England win.
Cameroon had many instances of protesting the correct VAR decisions, meetings on the field that delayed the game, as well as unnecessary conduct like spitting on opponents, has left Africa upset.
Isha Johansen, a member of the Confederation of African Football executive committee, believes that Cameroon’s behavior “reflected badly not only on African women’s football but African football on the whole.”
They will be dealt with by the appropriate authority according to Johansen.
England coach, Phil Neville, was direct about the situation post game. He stated that “this isn’t football. There are young girls playing all over the world that are seeing this behavior.”
He even went as far as to say that if one of his players were to act like that they would never play for England again.
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