Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng have been kicked out of Ghana’s World Cup squad for indiscipline.
A statement on the Ghana Football Association website said both players “have been suspended indefinitely”.
Boateng, of Schalke 04, has been expelled for “vulgar verbal insults targeted at Coach Kwesi Appiah during the team’s training session in Maceio”. While AC Milan’s Muntari has been punished for an “unprovoked physical attack on an executive committee member”.
The Ghana FA
statement added that the incident involving Muntari took place on
Tuesday and named Moses Armah, who is a member of the team management,
as the man assaulted by the 29-year-old midfielder.
The news comes one day after Ghana’s government sent in excess of $3m
(£1,8m) in a chartered plane to Brazil to pay the players’ appearance
The Black Stars had threatened to boycott Thursday’s match against
Portugal if they did not receive their money, prompting the government
to take action.
Ghana could still have an outside chance of qualifying for the
knockout phase of the tournament if they beat Portugal and there is a
winner between the other Group G match between Germany and United States – although the Black Stars would also need to overtake their rivals’ superior goal difference.