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Eto'o attacked me, Cameroon journalist alleges

Barcelona's Samuel Eto'o reacts after missing a scoring opportunity during their Champions League semi-final first leg soccer match against Manchester United in Barcelona, in this April 23, 2008 file photo. A Cameroon journalist has alleged Eto'o assaulted and injured him during a fracas at a news conference on Friday. REUTERS/Albert Gea/Files

YAOUNDE (Reuters) - A Cameroon journalist has alleged Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o assaulted and injured him during a fracas at a news conference on Friday.

Radio Siantou reporter Philippe Bonney told Reuters the Cameroon international had headbutted him in the face and said he would file a lawsuit against the striker.

The fracas took place when Cameroonian journalists decided to walk out of a news conference ahead of Saturday’s World Cup qualifier against Cape Verde to protest at the team’s refusal to grant interviews to local reporters.

“I cannot let this go unpunished,” Bonney, who said he had suffered a facial injury, told Reuters.

Spokesmen for Eto’o and the Cameroonian Football Federation (FECAFOOT) were not immediately available for comment.

State radio, who also reported the allegations on Saturday, said that further incidents took place between journalists and other members of the Cameroon squad.