FIFA launch investigation over 'disgusting' moment at Women's World Cup

FIFA have announced disciplinary proceedings against Cameroon for misconduct and offensive behaviour in their Women's World Cup match against England.

England won Sunday's last 16 tie 3-0 but the game at Valenciennes was marked by Cameroon players' furious response to several refereeing decisions.

At one stage they apparently threatened to walk off the pitch.

Dejected Cameroon players were in tears at one stage. (Photo by Molly Darlington - AMA/Getty Images)

A spokesperson for football's ruling body confirmed "proceedings have now been opened by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee against the Cameroonian Football Association."

He added the investigation focused on "alleged breaches related to article 52 (team misconduct) and article 57 (offensive behaviour and fair play) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code".

Phil Neville furious

England coach Phil Neville said after the encounter he was left "utterly ashamed" by the behaviour of the Cameroon players.

"I sat through the 90 minutes of football there and felt ashamed - proud of my own players' behaviour under circumstances that I've never seen on a football field before, and completely and utterly ashamed of the behaviour of the opposition," railed Neville.

"It takes you back to the times when you were a kid, and you lost and you went home crying with your ball.

“There are young girls that are playing all over the world that are seeing that behaviour - for me, it's not right.”

Cameroon coach Alain Djeumfa said his team had been the victims of an "injustice".

Their anger reached boiling point when Ellen White's goal to make it 2-0 in first-half stoppage time was initially disallowed for offside before being awarded after Chinese referee Qin Liang consulted with the Video Assistant Referee.

Their players surrounded the referee, pointing to the big screen replays of the goal and seemingly threatening to walk off.

Further confusion came just three minutes after the restart when Cameroon thought they had pulled a goal back to make it 2-1, but Ajara Nchout's effort was eventually disallowed for offside after the referee had again consulted with the VAR.

The extraordinary scenes were widely condemned, as was footage of one of the players allegedly spitting on an England opponent.

with AFP