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Ballack lawyer targets Boateng

AFP · 18 May 2010, 15:25

Published: 18 May 2010 15:25 GMT+02:00

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Ballack was ruled out of the 2010 World Cup finals Monday after a scan revealed torn ligaments in his ankle following a heavy tackle by Germany-born Ghanaian Boateng during Sunday's FA Cup final win.

The 33-year-old German will be sidelined for eight weeks, thus ending his hopes of playing what was likely to have been his last World Cup campaign in South Africa. Ironically, Ghana are in Germany's Group D at the World Cup.

For the German's lawyer, Michael Becker, Boateng set out to injure Ballack intentionally.

"To me, what Boateng did was not simply an insidious tackle but was designed to intentionally injure," Becker said. "We are now looking into all of our legal options, which could lead to both civil and penal consequences."

Ballack's injury and subsequent absence from the June 11-July 11 finals caused uproar in Germany, although Boateng said Monday he did not set out to injure Ballack.

"I was late and I tackled him head on, it was really stupid. I apologised to him twice on the pitch, and now this makes it three times," he said. "I am really sorry, but there was no ill-intention meant."

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Ballack meanwhile indicated he wanted to forget the whole incident.

Speaking from his team's training camp in Sicily, to which he travelled despite his injury, Ballack said: "Obviously I'm still very angry and disappointed, but there's no point in going out to make things worse."

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15:07 May 19, 2010 by lordkorner
You have to wonder if Boateing has an opinion on Karma. Taking Ballack down,then missing from the spot and finally for Drogba to score from the other spot.
10:14 June 14, 2010 by PutBoatenginjailnow
Many people hate to see good players like Ballack, Drogba, and others, injured by some inferior and cheap players like this Boateng.

He should be afraid for himself whenever he goes out of Ghana (not to mention in Germany or England) now because I am sure there are many fanatics that will try to do the same to him out of the pitch.

I hope I am wrong. But some people already noticed that he is now afraid of using Boateng as his name in this World Cup.
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