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These angry Cameroonians did not attack the house of the family of Swiss player Breel Embolo


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Publications claim, with video support, that disgruntled fans attacked the home of the family of Swiss player of Cameroonian origin Breel Embolo. It would be a reprisal against the striker, born in Yaoundé, and sole scorer of the World Cup match won 1-0 by Switzerland against Cameroon on November 24. But this video actually shows disgruntled football fans after a load shedding in the town of Bertoua in eastern Cameroon.

Verification in a nutshell:

  • A video where supporters of the Cameroon team throw stones at a building is presented as a scene of reprisals against the family of football player Breel Embolo, of Cameroonian origin, but scorer for Switzerland in the Cameroon-Switzerland match won 1-0 by the Swiss nation at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar on November 24
  • Comments and visual clues confirm that this is not a home, but the premises of the energy company Eneo in Bertoua, eastern Cameroon
  • A local journalist and Eneo’s communication department confirm that angry supporters after a load shedding at the start of the Cameroon-Switzerland match attacked the company’s premises, without major damage
  • No major incident has been recorded against the relatives of the Cameroonian-born player after his goal

Verification details :

“Here are the Cameroonians at Embolo to break up his parents’ house”, says one of the publications relaying a video where we see Cameroonian supporters with the jersey of the national team or the country’s flag throwing stones at a building.

The footage reportedly shows the reaction of angry fans after Switzerland striker Breel Embolo, of Cameroonian origin, scored the only goal in the match between Switzerland and Cameroon on November 24. Presented as a “traitor” in certain publications validating the reactions of the supporters, many other users are indignant at the behavior of the crowd.

TikTok post broadcasting the video and claiming to show Breel Embolo’s family home ransacked by supporters. © TikTok

The video has notably been viewed more than 70,000 times on the Facebook page of an African sports news channel. We also find this video on TikTok, viewed more than 200,000 times.

By reading the comments present under certain videos, a completely different version is put forward by certain users: the building would actually show an agency of the company Eneo, which provides energy distribution in Cameroon.

Comment under one of the videos indicating that the video was taken near an Eneo agency.  Names have been blurred to maintain user anonymity.
Comment under one of the videos indicating that the video was taken near an Eneo agency. Names have been blurred to maintain user anonymity. © Facebook

We also see in the video a counter in front of the building where it is actually written “Eneo – pay your electricity” in English.

Screenshot of the video in which we can see a counter on which it is written "Eneo".
Screenshot of the video in which we can see a counter on which it is written “Eneo”. © Observers

A search with the keywords “Eneo délestage”, on the day of November 24, makes it possible to find publications, in particular from the news media of the East, dedicated to Cameroonian news in the region of Bertoua. He publishes the same video, but indicating: “The headquarters of Eneo attacked by the populations furious about the load shedding in this period marked by the Football World Cup in Qatar”.


Contacted by the editorial staff of France 24 Observers, the director of publication of Actualités de l’Est, Bossis Ebo’o, confirms:

This is a mood swing that took place during the Cameroon-Switzerland meeting. There were energy interruptions, and people from the Bamvele district specifically decided to go and make a fuss in front of the regional agency Eneo. There was no bodily harm, and the situation was back to normal quickly.

Other videos posted on social networks by residents of Bertoua, like this one, confirm that it is indeed the Eneo agency. We see the same blue grids, and an angry crowd heading towards the building.

Comparison of the video purporting to show the attacked Embolo family home (1st and 2nd image) and on the right a video taken during the incidents of November 24 around the Eneo company.  We find the same building (in red) and the same style of blue barrier (in green) around the Eneo premises.
Comparison of the video purporting to show the attacked Embolo family home (1st and 2nd image) and on the right a video taken during the incidents of November 24 around the Eneo company. We find the same building (in red) and the same style of blue barrier (in green) around the Eneo premises. © Observers

The communication sub-directorate of the Eneo company in the Bertoua region, also contacted by the editorial staff of the France 24 Observers, confirms the facts for its part:

In the video, it is indeed an Eneo office which was besieged during the Cameroon-Switzerland match by a few people demanding the return of electrical energy.

Following an incident on the power line supplying the city of Bertoua in the east of the country, the city was deprived of electricity. The interruption lasted about 20 minutes. The time for the Eneo teams to connect the city to its thermal power station. Following the recovery, calm returned. Eneo Cameroon deplores some damage such as broken windows.

No incidents around Breel Embolo’s family documented

If this video does not therefore show the attack on the family home of football player Breel Embolo by supporters, another video shows in particular a police patrol stopping near a house and a man filming to indicate that, according to him , the latter come to protect the family home of Breel Embolo.

The editorial staff of France 24 Observers cannot, however, confirm from an independent source that the home visible on this video does indeed belong to the player’s family.

No incident has also been documented by the press following the goal of the player of Cameroonian origin, in addition to a few threats on social networks.

Contacted by the editorial staff of France 24 Observers on this subject, a Cameroonian police source affirms that the player’s family did not request the police and that no police force was dispatched to secure the player’s family home.

The player’s representatives confirmed in writing to France 24 that they were aware of the fake video, without commenting further.

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