Ghana midfielders Sulley Muntari and Kevin- Prince Boateng were sent home by FIFA, after being suspended for disciplinary actions.
This crucial event has left Ghana in chaos as their match against Portugal is just hours away as of the moment. The tandem of Muntari and Boateng is a big loss to Ghana’s squad.
After a cash shipment arrived in Brazil to compensate for the team’s threatened strike over unpaid appearance fees, Ghana’s FA publicized a statement that confirmed Muntari’s disciplinary actions. The said offense was described as an ‘unprovoked physical attack’ on an FA excecutive committee member.
The statement said: “The Ghana Football Association has suspended Sulley Ali Muntari indefinitely from the Black Stars with immediate effect.
“The decision was taken in the wake of his unprovoked physical attack on an Executive Committee member of the GFA and a management member of the Black Stars, Mr Moses Armah on Tuesday 24 June, 2014 during a meeting. Muntari’s accreditation for the 2014 World Cup has been withdrawn with immediate effect.”
On the other hand, Boateng was accused of ‘vulgar verbal insults’ to his team coach, James Appiah, on the course of their training. The player confirmed that he has been sent home, but he denied the offense.
“Sulley Muntari and I were just joking around, and the coach stopped the session and sent us back to the changing room,” he said to German magazine Sport-Bild.
“Afterwards I went to him and asked what he had against me and he started yelling. He insulted me. There were words like: ‘Fuck off.'”
However, Boateng said he ‘absolutely accepts’ the suspension, but also said: “No one should think I insulted the coach. I’m travelling now, and I wish my colleagues all the best for the match against Portugal.”
The fees that were paid to Brazil were amounting to $3 million dollars in cash. They were sent by Ghana president, John Dramani Maham via plane.