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Ghana’s Boateng and Muntari expelled from national team

June 26, 2014, 17:48 UTC+3
Both footballers will leave the hotel, where the Ghana delegation resides
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Sulley Muntari
Kevin-Prince Boateng

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 26. /ITAR-TASS/. The head coach of Ghana’s national football team Akwasi Appiah has expelled halfbacks Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari, the press service of the Football Association of Ghana reported. Boateng has been punished for insulting Appiah during training, and Muntari was expelled for attacking a representative of the Football Association of Ghana.

Both footballers will leave the hotel, where the Ghana delegation resides, on Thursday.

On Thursday, the national team of Ghana will play against Portugal in the third game of the group round at the FIFA World Cup (starting at 16:00 GMT). Both teams have chances to get through to the 1/8 finals.

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World Cup 2014. Inographics by ITAR-TASS
Earlier it was reported that Ghana’s footballers threatened to boycott the match with Portugal if they were not paid for performing at the tournament. As a result, the government of Ghana sent $3 million in cash to the football players. Initially, the money was supposed to be transferred in a non-cash way, but after threats of boycotting the game, the authorities decided to send cash. The money was collected on Saturday, but a problem emerged with a charter flight that was to deliver the funds to Brazil. The government was forced to seek for approvals and a secure flight for carrying the money. After it was reported that the bonus had been sent, the team dropped the idea of boycott.

“We love our people and we’ll play,” Ghana team’s halfback Christian Atsu stated.


Ghana involved in fixed matches

Meanwhile, FIFA announced it launched an investigation against the Football Association of Ghana that had been accused by British media of participating in fixed matches.

According to reports of British media, a representative of the association Obed Nketiah jointly with FIFA-accredited agent Christopher Forsythe proposed to arrange fixed exhibition games of Ghana national team to an unnamed investment company that turned out to be founded by British journalists for a six-month investigation into the situation with fixed matches.

Both officials approached the company on behalf of the association’s president Kwesi Nyantakyi, proposing to pay $170,000 for each fixed game. Media reported that Nketiah and Forsythe pledged to deal with the referees and name the corrupted officials who could arrange such matches of the Ghana national squad.

According to reports, a meeting between Nyantakyi and Nketiah and Forsythe took place later, and the association’s president agreed to participate in the falsification.

When British media reported about the investigation, Nketiah and Forsythe denied their involvement in the fixed matches’ case. Nyantakyi stated that he was not aware about the officials’ intentions. Later Ghana football authorities announced about their own investigation of this case and involved the police.

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