FIFA silent on 'match-fixing'

FIFA has refused to comment on whether or not an investigation is under way into allegations that Cameroon have been involved in match-fixing at the current World Cup.

The African nation's football federation announced on Tuesday that it was investigating claims of fraud that may have occured during their Group A game against Croatia in Manaus on Wednesday June 18.

The investigation was launched following allegations attributed to convicted match-fixer Wilson Raj Perumal in a German magazine.

FIFA spokesperson Delia Fischer told the media that president Sepp Blatter has been informed of the allegations but refused to say whether or not the world governing body has, or would, investigate the claims.

"We do not provide any comment as to whether or not an investigation is underway with regards to any manipulation of matches," she said.

"The FIFA disciplinary code and code of ethics both say that only after a decision has been taken by the FIFA disciplinary commission or the ethics committee, and all parties concerned notified first, would FIFA be in a position to communicate that decision publically.

"Generally speaking, the integrity of the game is FIFA's top priority and we take allegations of match-fixing very seriously.

"FIFA continues to work closely with law enforcement agencies on a national, regional and global level to tackle match manipulation.\"

The allegations levelled at Cameroon originated in a Facebook conversation between Perumal and German journalist Rafael Buschmann of magazine Der Spiegel.

Perumal was said to have accurately predicted the 4-0 scoreline and that a Cameroon player would be sent-off in the first half - midfielder Alex Song was red-carded just before half-time - although he has since denied making the predictions.

He released a statement through the Daily Telegraph saying he did not predict the result of the game, saying that he made no references to the score and that the conversation with the German journalist took place after the match.

He also said he was "shocked and amazed" by the allegations.

Sky Sports News' reporter Kaveh Solhekol also revealed that Perumal has reportedly been predicting the scores of World Cup games throughout the tournament, with an overwhelming amount of his assumptions turning out to be wrong.

Solhekol also reports that sources close to Song say the Barcelona player knows nothing about match-fixing whatsoever and, due to his well-paid position at the Catalan club, he is not the kind of player who would look to receive a red card as part of a match-fixing scandal.

Sources at officially registered betting exchanges also say that no suspicious betting patterns emerged for the game between Croatia and Cameroon, although there was a significant amount of money put on an own goal being scored, which did not transpire.