PARIS – Cameroon's players refused to board a plane due to them to Brazil for the World Cup because of disputes over bonuses, according to a newspaper report Sunday.
The website of French sports daily L'Equipe says the players were due to fly out from Yaounde on Sunday morning in a plane specially chartered by Cameroon President Paul Biya because the World Cup bonuses they are being offered are not what they expected.
The report says the players postponed a decision to strike at training on May 23. Cameroon played two recent friendly matches, drawing 2-2 with Germany and beating Moldova 1-0 on Saturday, after which the tensions within the squad increased.
Cameroon, which had similar disagreements before the 2002 World Cup, is due to play Mexico in Group A on Saturday.