Ghana midfielder Essien refuses to react to allegations of indiscipline in Ghana camp at World Cup
By Akyereko Frimpong Manson
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Ghana international midfielder Michael Essien has issued a long statement about revelations emanating from Ghana’s post-World Cup campaign, insisting he will not react to allegations levelled against him by Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah.
The AC Milan midfielder was mentioned as one of the players who showed acts of indiscipline in the Ghana camp at the 2014 World Cup.
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah confirmed in a press conference organised on Wednesday midfielder Michael Essien refused to take part in the warm-up session before their final match against Portugal.
However, Essien who is one of the longest-serving players in the current Ghana squad has refused to comments on the claims by the Ghana coach and has instead preached peace and unity.
“It is in keeping with the positions stated above that I have decided to refrain from responding to the GFA’s allegation that I had displayed acts of indiscipline before and during the Portugal game in Brazil,” a statement issued by the midfielder read.
In deciding not to respond to the allegations, I am convinced that in the fullness of time, all the facts surrounding the entire episode will become public for the good people of Ghana to judge my guilt or otherwise.”
Confusion and acrimony beseeched the Ghana camp when midfielders Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng were kicked out of the Black Stars camp following separate indisciplined behaviours just before their final group game against Portugal.
The duo also reportedly led a group of young players in the team to revolt against the team’s management and the Ghanaian Youth and Sports Minister for delays in appearance fee payment.
However, Essien who was accused of refusing to warm-up for the Portugal game had kept his silence on the happenings in the team until his latest statement.