Black Stars arrive in stadium to face Portugal without Boateng, Muntari
Ghana have arrived for at the stadium for their match against Portugal in Brasilia without key duo Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari, confirming their expulsion from the team.
The Black Stars are due to play Portugal tonight in a game they must win to have a chance of reaching the last 16 of the World Cup but their preparations have been thrown into chaos.
Muntari, who plays for AC Milan, and Boateng, who represents Schalke, have both been dismissed by coach Kwesi Appiah for disciplinary reasons and have been suspended “indefinitely” by the country.
Muntari is alleged to have slapped Ghana management committee member Moses Armah Parker.
A statement from the Ghanaian FA read: “The Ghana Football Association (GFA) 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 24th June, 2014 during a meeting.
“Muntari’s accreditation for the 2014 World Cup has been withdrawn with immediate effect.”
Boateng is alleged to have insulted coach Appiah during a training session.
The Ghanaian FA said: “The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has approved coach Kwesi Appiah’s decision to suspend Kevin-Prince Boateng indefinitely from the Black Stars. The decision takes immediate effect.
“The decision was taken following Boateng’s vulgar verbal insults targeted at coach Kwesi Appiah during the team’s training session in Maceio this week.
“Boateng has since showed no remorse for his actions which has resulted in the decision. Boateng’s accreditation for the 2014 World Cup has been withdrawn with immediate effect.”
The former Tottenham and Portsmouth midfielder told Sportbild: “Yes, I am leaving. I am no longer part of the team.”