Arsenal's Alex Song 'attacked by fans' in Cameroon
Roger Milla appeals for calm after player is set upon in Yaounde after defeat by Libya
NEXT season Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger might consider ordering Alex Song to spend the summer at the Emirates after the midfielder found himself in trouble in Africa for the second year running.
Goal.com reports that the Cameroon international was attacked in the capital city Yaounde following the side's defeat by Libya in a World Cup qualifier. The assault took place after a training session on Tuesday as Song walked though the Kennedy Avenue area of the city.
"According to eyewitnesses, the assailants, most of whom were young boys, accused the 24-year-old Arsenal midfielder of being responsible for Cameroon's 2-1 loss," reported Goal, which said he had been subjected to "blows from [the] angry fans".
However, the BBC said that he player was not physically attacked and "had only been surrounded and shouted at". But the incident and an attack on the team bus a week earlier have prompted Cameroon legend Roger Milla to appeal for calm ahead of the Indomitable Lions next game against Guinea Bissau at the weekend.
The attack on the team bus even came after Cameroon beat DR Congo, with the fans throwing stones and claiming the team were just lucky.
"Football in the country has been in the doldrums for some time," reports the BBC. "And Milla was stripped of his post as the honorary head of the Cameroon Football Federation because of his vocal criticism of the people running the game there."
Last summer Song also ran into trouble while back in his homeland and was arrested and accused of beating up a student in a bar in Douala. The victim claimed that Song turned nasty when he asked for an autograph and left him "in a drain".
At the time there were reports that the Arsenal midfielder could end up being sent to jail for two years but he managed to avoid prison as Arsenal ended the season in third place. ·