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Cameroon football team refuses to board plane for World Cup in Brazil – SportsUntapped.com
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Added June 10th, 2014 by Ian

Cameroon football team refuses to board plane for World Cup in Brazil
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The Cameroon national football team refused to board their plane in Yaoundé on June 8 as the players were scheduled to fly out from Africa to Brazil to take part in the 2014 World Cup from June 12 to July 13. The squad has been involved in a dispute over money for the last few weeks and held their ground when it came time to head onboard.

The players said they’re not happy with the bonuses that have been promised to them for the event. They’re scheduled to play a match against Mexico on Friday June 13 as they’ve been placed in Group A along with Brazil, Croatia, and the Mexicans. Players such as Barcelona defender Alex Song and Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o are on the squad which has been disputing their bonuses since they were announced in May.

Reports said the Cameroon government had offered a total of 68,000 euros to the players for appearing in the World’s biggest sporting event, but the players are demanding three times that amount. In addition to the money handed them by the Cameroon government, the country’s football federation will also receive cash from FIFA for participating in the tournament.

The prize money is handed out to the teams with those advancing further in the event making more money. The Spanish football federation took home $35 million with them in prize money four years ago for winning the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Every one of the 32 nations that took part in the 2010 event was paid a minimum of $8 million.

After getting out a calculator and doing the math, the government figured they’d be better off taking millions of dollars from FIFA and paying the players triple the bonus offer than they would be if the team failed to show up. After negotiating back and forth for another 12 hours, the millionaire players accepted an offer of an additional 8,800 per player and they decided to board a plane for Brazil.

Both the team and the government seem to be happy with the compromise as they’ll both pocket some cash for showing up even if they lose all three group matches. The two sides should be used to the haggling over bonus money by now as the same thing happened prior to the World Cup in 1994 and 2002.

 
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