Geremi pleads with media
By Lorenzo Zacchetti
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
CAMEROON star Geremi has exclusively revealed to Planetfootball.com that he has asked the world's media to stop speculation that Fifa applied pressure on the Africans to appear in the final of the Confederations Cup, after the tragic death of team-mate Marc-Vivien Foe.
The Real Madrid midfielder said The Indomitable Lions made up their own minds to appear in the final against France to honour their friend and colleague.
Geremi dismissed rumours that Fifa president Sepp Blatter put pressure on the Cameroon team to go out and compete in the final against France, after the former Manchester City player's death on Thursday.
"We took our own decision to play the match against France, after talking to Marco's wife," said the versatile star.
"We felt it was good to go for the trophy on behalf of him.
"That was our main motivation. We didn't want to please anybody and we had no pressure."
Foe was arguably one of the best midfielders in The Premiership last season for Manchester City, and Geremi, who also spent the season in England with Middlesbrough, says he and his team mates are still inconsolable at the fatal event that occurred during the win over Colombia.
"I am very, very sad," he added. "It was a big tragedy to lose him this way.
"I think we have to help his family, because he used to belong to the football world and he died on the field.
"I don't know if Fifa will do something for his wife and children, but I guess we will.
"He was our friend and what happened to him could happen to anybody."
Geremi also rubbished popular suggestion that Foe died on the pitch because of a heart attack, saying the world should wait for the coroner's verdict before making assumptions.
"All this talk around should really stop," said Geremi. "We don't know what caused his loss yet.
"Even the coroner has not given a verdict, so why talk about it? I had never heard about these problems before.
"He was a professional player and he had to undergo medical checks.
"If something was wrong, he would have been stopped."