Video: Boateng's father blasts Ballack as World Cup war rages on

Published on: 18 May 2010

Prince Boateng, the father of Ghana midfielder Kevin Boateng, has stoked the fires in Germany by claiming that his son’s tackle on Michael Ballack that ruled the Germany captain out of the World Cup could have been a revenge attack.

Ballack, 33, who plays for Chelsea, was clattered in the 35th minute of Saturday's English FA Cup final by the Portsmouth midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng, ruling the German out of the World Cup.

With the two countries clashing at the group stage of the World Cup, the midfielder who recently snubbed Germany to play for Ghana has been rated by the German media as the 'Public Enemy No.1'.

The new Ghanaian enforcer has been accused of tackling Ballack to prevent him from meeting the Black Stars at the World Cup an allegation the Portsmouth player has vehemently denied.

It emerged has now emerged, however, that there may be more to the injury than just bad luck.

Kevin-Prince Boateng has been holding a grudge against the German captain for four years over a comment Ballack allegedly made during a game when the pair both played in the German Bundesliga.

VIDEO: Watch Boateng's tackle on Ballack

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Boateng's father, Prince, 56, told the Hamburg Morning Post: "Kevin's the whipping boy once again. It's always twice as bad when anything happens with a Boateng.

“It upsets me a lot. But you have to look at the whole story. [In 2006] Kevin had just scored his first goal for Hertha [Berlin].

“Then they played against Bayern Munich. He had an argument with Ballack.

"Ballack said to him. 'You've scored one goal, and you think you are the best'. Kevin has never forgotten that.

“Unfortunately, Kevin isn't very diplomatic. But I am sure, even if he did foul Ballack, he didn't mean to injure him."

Boateng's challenge on Ballack was rash, reckless and dangerous, but it did not have the appearance of a premeditated attack such as the violent assault by Roy Keaneon Alf-Inge Haaland that ended the Norwegian's career in 2001.

Ballack, 33, underwent a scan in Munich yesterday morning on his ankle ligaments, desperately hoping that even if the injury meant a few weeks on the sidelines he might at least be able to play some part in Germany's challenge.

He had been due to have an MRI scanin London on Sunday but the swelling was so bad that proved impossible.

So he flew to Germany, to the surgery of German team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt, where he received the verdict.

Comments

  • nicholas aryee
    says: 9 years ago
    am sard if ballck mak this comment
  • TRIBE FROM KING SOLOMON
    says: 9 years ago
    GREAT TO SEE THE FATHER STAND UP FOR HIS SON.THAT'S WAT GOOD FATHER'S IS ALL ABOUT.
  • TRIBE FROM KING SOLOMON
    says: 9 years ago
    THIS BEEF BETWEEN BALLACK AND BOATENG IS DEEP.IT STARTED WAY BACK.I HOPE THEY SETTLE THEIR SCORES AND MOVE ON.
  • don hillary
    says: 9 years ago
    most of us wish to see ballack at the world cup but with orwithout ballack ghana will beat germany tha for sure.boateng you are wellcome to ghana the true son of africa.
  • TRIBE FROM KING SOLOMON
    says: 9 years ago
    MY ADVISE TO MILO.DROP THIS PLAYERS.BADU,RAHIM AYEW,DANIEL ADJIE,DRUMANI,JONATHAN MENSAH,ERIC ADDOH AND ADIYA.ADIYA IS YOUNG AND HIS TIME WILL COME.HERE IS MY STARTIN ELEVEN.GOALS IS GONNA COME FROM OUR SRIKERS AND OUR SUPERIOR MIDFIELD. ========================OLELE====================== JP=======SARPIAH=====VORASH==========THE ROCK====== K.P.BOATENG========ESSIEN============MUNTARI======= =====================KOJO ASAMOAH================== ===================GYAN============QUINCY========== SUB:APPIAH,KINGSTON,INKOOM,D.BOATENG,TOGOE,AMOAH,AYEW,LEE ADDY AND KORMORDZI
  • Nevellie
    says: 9 years ago
    Dear GFA, Ghana 2010 Its Simpel GFA You Wont regret this. =================Kingston=================== Jp============mensah=======vorsah===========inkoom ================== essein======================= Kpb=========================================muntari ====================k asamoah===================== ===============gyan==============quincy==============Mitz essein is not fit to play appiah. SuBs:Owu,L.kingston=kpb,dede ayew=muntari,lee addy-mensah,appiah=essein,derek boateng=k.asamoah,sarpei,annan,tagoe=quincy,de rest is your choice milo.
  • RICH
    says: 9 years ago
    Guys I think we drop Rahim Ayew and Erich Addo but not Jonathan Mensah
  • papa0078
    says: 9 years ago
    we cant drop many defenders..we have john mensah injured all the time so we need serious cover. in midfield there are many options. i think tagoe shud start. he is a beta finisher then gyan. quincy on the bench to bring some spark into the game. he can replace anyone on the wings to give us more flair towards the end of the matches. asamoah def behind the strikers, he can attack and defend which is very valuable in case he robs someone of the ball in the last 1/3 of the pitch.
  • TRIBE FROM KING SOLOMON
    says: 9 years ago
    ADIYA IS YOUNG AND I THINK HE SHOULD WORK HARD TO GET INTO MILAN STARTIN ELEVEN NEXT SEASON.ASAMOAH GYAN IS THE BEST SRIKER GHANA HAVE RIGHT NOW.YOU CAN NOT COMPARE TOGOE OR AMOAH TO GYAN THEY DONT EVEN COME CLOSE.SURE I LIKE ADIYA I THINK AMOAH SHOULD BE DROP FOR ADIYA.
  • Maxwell Johnson
    says: 9 years ago
    They've not seen anything yet,we will even bully them on the field of play with our strength especially in Midfield.We gonna make sure the trophy remains in Africa,no WC trophy for an European or South American nation.Its in Africa and it is for Africa go GH go stars!
  • TRIBE FROM KING SOLOMON
    says: 9 years ago
    DAMM RIGHT MY BRO THE TROPHY IS GONNA STAY IN AFRICA AND GHANA IS GONNA WIN IT EVEN IF THEY DONT ALLOW FAIR PLAY WE GONNA WIN IT IN HARD WAYS JUST LIKE HOW THE U20 DID IT
  • Ghost of Sparta
    says: 9 years ago
    "TRIBE FROM KING SOLOMON" How many times are you going to make the same mistake again and again by putting H A Sarpei in the central defence and Mensah at LB? Anyway, i saw KP Boateng apologize immediately after the foul. So whats the beef with Ballack. I know its painfull to miss the world cup but yeah, ***t happens. Get over it. Greetings, Al
  • TRIBE FROM KING SOLOMON
    says: 9 years ago
    =======================OLELE======================= JP==========VORSAH========THE ROCK==========SARPIA= K.P.BOATENG======ESSIEN=====KOJO ASAMOAH==MUNTARI== ==============GYAN=================QUINCY========== THIS IS MY LINE UP AGAINST SERBIA:4-4-2:SPEED WIT POWER.
  • keith from germany
    says: 9 years ago
    ballack is also a player who provokes a lot.when germany played against argentina this year on the 3rd of march in the münich allianz arena,he injured bayern münich argentine international martin demicheles so demichels was out for three weeks. ballack was always in the thick of affairs.i remember once when germany had an international friendly,he screamed at his own team mate in the person of lukas podolski,becuz o that podolski gave him a heavy slap. ballack is a great midfielder but also he provokes a lot.
  • TRIBE FROM KING SOLOMON
    says: 9 years ago
    THE ABOVE LINE UP GOAL WILL COME IN FIVE MINUTES OF PLAY.FROM ESSIEN TO KOJO THEN TO QUINCY: QUINCY BEAT TWO PLAYERS PASS TO GYAN IS GOAL.CLINICAL FINISH.
  • ZG
    says: 9 years ago
    Lol,i love you Ghanaians spirit,it make me happy every time,we believes soo much that no one can touch us.GH4LIFE
  • ZG
    says: 9 years ago
    I guess thats why we are the best in Africa,we believe and we receive.But we have to play adiyiah,that boy is the secret weapon to GHANA'S victory in south africa,his instincts is to score when he has the ball close to the goal post and thats what we need,we dont need some one who will hesitate to shoot the ball.
  • diallo
    says: 9 years ago
    folks this is football,Ballack himself knows that.i rememba not quite long when a player accused Ballack of not been fair player,cus after injuring him he never gave him a sorry.so the German media should give us a break....
  • Doug kwame-Blazefame
    says: 9 years ago
    some said agyeman should be dropped, why would u say that if u r a gud soccer fun and basically know the way to select impact players u wouldnt drop him but keep him since essien would would be part anyways even though he hasnt played in over 6months. Agyeman can step up any time, only if the chance is given. Amoah in ur selection tells me u got it all wrong. we dont want players who cool off at the big stage look at Amoah at the last world cuop, his presence wasnt felt, he melted lik butter. now is the time to bring in a gud bench. no players lik tachi mensah, baffour gyan, . coach think twice.