England vs Cameroon: Fans disgusted as Augustine Ejangue appears to deliberately SPIT on Toni Duggan during

‘disgrace to football’

There was unsavoury scenes in the last-16 showdown as the Three Lions ran out 3-0 winners in a fiery encounter

Fans were left feeling disgusted after a Cameroon defender appeared to deliberately SPIT on England striker Toni Duggan.

The Women’s World Cup last-16 clash between the two nations started off in a robust manner, with Nikita Parris taking an elbow to the jaw.

The referee refused to use VAR, however, and only awarded a yellow card to Yvonne Leuko.

Augustine Ejangue then played a backpass to Annette Ngo Ndom, leading to the award of an indirect free-kick for England, before appearing to spit at Duggan.

Toni Duggan was left incensed after the Cameroon international appeared to spit on her arm

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Toni Duggan was left incensed after the Cameroon international appeared to spit on her arm

Despite the 27-year-old’s protestations, the referee again did nothing and the incident went unpunished.

While it is not clear whether or not the incident was intentional, it certainly provoked an angry reaction from fans online, who vented their rage on social media.

Duggan wipes the spit off her arm

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Duggan wipes the spit off her arm

England took the lead moments later, with Duggan the provider and Steph Houghton the finisher.

Extraordinary scenes then followed as Cameroon made their displeasure known about two VAR decisions that went against them.

After Ellen White’s finish in first-half stoppage time was ruled out for offside and the decision was subsequently overturned to give England the lead, Cameroon’s players remonstrated at length with the officials and there appeared some doubt over whether they would resume playing.

Ajara Nchout of Cameroon reacts after her goal is disallowed

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Ajara Nchout of Cameroon reacts after her goal is disallowed

Their anger then increased shortly after the interval when Ajara Nchout fired the ball into England’s net and a VAR review saw that effort chalked off for offside. The game was held up once more as Cameroon made further angry protests, with Nchout in tears.

England survived some scares soon after, then extended their advantage in the 59th minute through Alex Greenwood’s finish, before referee Qin Liang made another VAR check following a Ysis Sonkeng challenge on Fran Kirby, with no penalty being given.

Having come through a test that also saw them receive some rough treatment and Duggan being spat on, England will now face Norway on Thursday in Le Havre for a place in the semi-finals.