‘I’ve said I am sorry, what more do you want!”
Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng has apologised for the tackle that has ruled Germany captain Michael Ballack out of next month’s World Cup finals.
Chelsea midfielder Ballack injured his right ankle in the challenge by the Portsmouth player in the FA Cup final.
Boateng, who could be in the Ghana side to face Germany in Group D in South Africa, has insisted it was unintended.
“I am sorry. It was not intentional. I just came in too late and made full contact,” he told Sport Bild online.
“It looks pretty stupid,” Boateng added.
The apology, coming three days after the foul at Wembley on Saturday, has done little to dampen German anger directed at Boateng for depriving them of their captain for this summer’s finals.
Ballack is not expected to be able to train for eight weeks after limping out of the FA Cup final after 35 minutes – Chelsea went on to beat Pompey 1-0.
Fans on Tuesday vented their anger on dozens of websites, calling him ‘public enemy number one’ and setting up chat rooms called ’82 million against Boateng’ or ‘Anti-Boateng Group’. (BBC Sport)
Will this apology make any difference to those who have branded Boateng as a traitor to his country of birth? Probably not. I guess waiting three days before making a public apology wasn’t the smartest of moves either. What has he been doing for 72 hours? Playing on his Wii?
Expect some tasty tackles from the Germans when Kevin Prince comes up against Ballack’s teammates in South Africa.