The United States’ journey to the Round of 16 may have just gotten a tad easier, despite the incredible flooding in Recife. Ghana stars Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari have been suspended indefinitely and sent home from the World Cup under a cloud of controversy.
Boateng reportedly insulted coach Kwesi Appiah, while Muntari has been booted on charges of attacking a member of the organization. Here is the official statement released in regards to Boateng.
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has approved coach Kwesi Appiah’s decision to suspend Kevin-Prince Boateng indefinitely from the Black Stars.
The decision takes immediate effect.
The decision was taken following Boateng’s vulgar verbal insults targeted at coach Kwesi Appiah during the team’s training session in Maceio this week.
Boateng has since showed no remorse for his actions which has resulted in the decision.
Boateng’s accreditation for the 2014 World Cup has been withdrawn with immediate effect.”
And here’s the statement on Muntari.
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has suspended Sulley Ali Muntari indefinitely from the Black Stars with immediate effect.
The decision was taken 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 24th June, 2014 during a meeting.
Muntari’s accreditation for the 2014 World Cup has been withdrawn with immediate effect.
Obviously, this helps the United States, Germany, and Portugal in their efforts to advance out of Group G. Ghana has been surrounded by controversy since they arrived in Brazil due to unpaid bonuses, and losing two of their better players is only going to intensify the scrutiny on the team. Boateng didn’t start in Ghana’s 2-1 loss to the US, and he openly questioned that decision. Now, Ghana won’t have him at all, and advancing past the group stage has just gotten that much more difficult.