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Ghana throws Muntari, Boateng off World Cup squad


By STEVE DOUGLAS
AP Sports Writer

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) -- Ghana threw Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng out of its World Cup squad for disciplinary reasons on Thursday, plunging the African team into further chaos ahead of its decisive group-stage match against Portugal.

Just a day after seeming to resolve a possible player mutiny over World Cup bonus payments, the Ghana Football Association released two separate statements saying two of the country's stars had been "suspended ... indefinitely from the Black Stars with immediate effect."

Muntari was suspended "in the wake of his unprovoked physical attack on an executive committee member of the GFA and a management member of the Black Stars, Mr. Moses Armah" on Tuesday, one statement read.

The other statement said Boateng was dropped from the squad because of "vulgar verbal insults targeted at coach Kwesi Appiah" during a training session this week.

"Boateng has since showed no remorse for his actions which has resulted in the decision," the statement added.

Both players have had their World Cup accreditation withdrawn.

Ghana, a quarterfinalist in 2010, must beat Portugal in Brasilia on Thursday to stand any chance of reaching the second round from Group G. Muntari was suspended for the match after collecting two yellow cards.

Ghana's World Cup campaign was already in turmoil following a row over appearance-fee payments that squad members had been promised but had not yet received.

The country's cash-strapped federation had been forced to ask FIFA for an advance on the $8 million prize money it is guaranteed from playing at the World Cup to pay outstanding debts to players.

FIFA said Wednesday that Ghana's request was "under evaluation."

Ghana's deputy sports minister earlier had said that as much as $3 million in cash was being flown into Brazil from the West African nation to finally pay the bonuses to the unhappy players, averting a possible player strike.

World Cup prize money - which ranges in Brazil from $8 million for being knocked out in the group stage to $35 million for winning the title - is normally paid after the tournament.

Ghana midfielder Christian Atsu dismissed fears the team would boycott its final group game in Brasilia over the bonus-payment row.

"We are not going to say we are not going to play because of the money," Atsu said. "We love our nation and we are going to play for our nation."

Appiah said Wednesday that he had been having "sleepless nights" this week, and also said he had patched up his differences with Boateng after a training-ground altercation.

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ram4131 June 26 2014 at 10:20 AM

You get kicked off a team for fighting and insulting your coach------but biting an opponent is fine.

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jaguara777 ram4131 June 26 2014 at 6:10 PM

I agree, but maybe the authorities think that Suarez, the Uruguayan, has a "tic" or impulse in his mouth, and can't help but bite skin that is nearby..................

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ocean479 June 26 2014 at 11:55 AM

Garbage sport, garbage players.

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theemovado ocean479 June 27 2014 at 12:57 AM

Took the words right out of my mouth. Except I would have used savage to describe the players.

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anonymous3303 June 26 2014 at 12:56 PM

it's in there genes to be thugs

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Dick June 26 2014 at 10:25 AM

The white boys playing were lucking they didn't have guns!!!

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cgssnavickas June 26 2014 at 10:19 AM

Yet they do nothing about Suarez.

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msanbaker June 26 2014 at 12:58 PM

These games are like gladiators from the roman times

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jaguara777 msanbaker June 26 2014 at 6:16 PM

Yes --- and I am a Roman.

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MICHAEL June 26 2014 at 4:18 PM

good grief, that man was beat with an ugly stick. ALOT.

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Rae Turner MICHAEL June 26 2014 at 11:08 PM

He is so ugly it's scary!

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theemovado MICHAEL June 27 2014 at 1:00 AM

Have to agree with you.

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charlie4562r June 26 2014 at 10:56 AM

Future terrorists!

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pgajoecat June 26 2014 at 11:50 AM

I firmly believe that these contact sports are dangerous and unnecessary. I would not allow my son to play hockey, football or soccer as it too has become violent much to my surprise. He is an excellent athlete and a superstar at baseball, golf, track and world class weightlifting (medalist in North American Weightlifting Championship).

I now hate all contact sports as even soccer, which used to be clean, is corrupted.

Imagine the sport even has a cannibal! Why haven't I heard about a suspension and a fine for that jerk that bites?

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bmitche June 26 2014 at 1:34 PM

I would not want to be the one to tell this guy he is history.

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