Video: Boateng apologizes to Ballack over tackle

Published on: 18 May 2010

Ghana midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng has apologized for the tackle on Michael Ballack that ruled the Germany captain out of the World Cup.

Germany's hopes of winning the tournament in South Africa received a serious blow on Ballack, the team's leader and top midfielder, was ruled out of the tournament because of an injury suffered in Chelsea's English F.A. Cup final victory on Saturday.

Ballack, 33, tore the ligaments in his right ankle when he was tackled by the Portsmouth ace Boateng, a former German youth international who recently changed nationality so that he could play for Ghana in the World Cup.

Boateng apologized for the tackle, which Joachim Low, Germany's coach, called "brutal."

"I am sorry, there was no intent to harm Ballack,” Boateng said.

"I was late and hit him with full force. The tackle looks very stupid"

VIDEO: Watch Boateng's tackle on Ballack

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Ballack helped Germany reach the final of the 2002 World Cupin South Korea and Japan, where it lost to Brazil in the final, and also led it to third place when it hosted the tournament in 2006.

He has represented his country 98 times and scored 42 goals.

He has been played a pivotal role for the national team for more than a decade.

"We are shocked, no question about it," Low said, "and we are all very, very said. He is a very important player for us, a world-class player."

Ballack, who won both the English Premier League title and the F.A. Cup with Chelsea this season, said he was "angry" but was also philosophical.

"It's football and you have to live with it," he said.


    says: 9 years ago
  • Maxwell Johnson
    says: 9 years ago
    Shut up Ballack.
  • keith from germany
    says: 9 years ago
    the tackle was realy harsh.boateng is a great player but he gotta keep things cool and remain desciplined. according to german newspaper BILD ZEITUNG,this was not the first time the two had a was said in the newspaper that during boatengs days with hertha bsc berlin,his team played against ballacks team at that time which was fc bayern münchen and ballack fouled him so when he complained to ballack about his foul,ballack said to him"HALT DIE KLAPPE" which means shut the H**L up.after ballack said that to him,he later went on to say to boateng that just becuz u scored a spectacular goal against eintracht frankfurt doesnt make u the biggest player on earth. if these story is true,this shows that ballack n boateng have a grudge already before this incident occured. all we gotta say to boateng is,he gotta keep his tempers cool if somebody provoke him cuz thats part n parcel of the game.
  • k dude
    says: 9 years ago
    Keith kraaaaaaaa why? this is football and there is always contact
  • lizzy from Germany
    says: 9 years ago
    Thia is football and can always happy so they should stop trying to make something out of this. Moreover I don't even think it would have been the talk of the country if not for this world cup and also Ghana in the same group with them. Football is football so if you don't want to sometime get hurt then stay at home or choose an office job period. I hate this, he did that as a revenge stuff and pls Keith from Germany, let him be bcos Ballack has also commented such foul b4 ( world cup 2006 gegen Argentina), Remember? sh**t happens. Kelvin was at a place at the wrong time.
  • gloria quarisma
    says: 9 years ago
    if ur ballack is hurt dont blame dereck or ghanaians.wud u av done da same thing if he was to play for germany