Gael Ondoua is part of the Cameroon squad at the tournament in Qatar
Ondoua was handed a Russian shirt by a member of the crowd in Qatar on Monday. © Elsa / Getty Images
Cameroon midfielder Gael Ondoua has said he received insults after playing with boots featuring the Russian flag at the World Cup, but added that he would not be at the tournament were it not for Russia.
Ondoua, 27, was born in Cameroon but also has Russian citizenship. He spent much of his youth in Russia, emerging from the football academy at Lokomotiv Moscow before playing for CSKA Moscow and Anzhi Makhachkala.
He is currently at German club Hannover 96, but his Cameroonian-Russian background is reflected in the boots in which he plays, which have images of both nations’ flags.
That fact came to the attention of the media after Cameroon’s first World Cup game in Qatar, with sections of the Norwegian press claiming that FIFA should take action against Ondoua, considering the conflict in Ukraine and the ban imposed on Russian football teams.