Team USA controls its own destiny going into Thursday’s 2014 FIFA World Cup game against Germany, but if they lose, the Americans will need some help from Ghana.
Ghana could be in trouble after suspending midfielders Sulley Muntari, who played every minute in the first two group games, and Kevin Prince-Boateng for its game against Portugal following two separate incidents.
The Ghana Football Association released statements on the two suspensions. Muntari was suspended for slapping a committee member of the Ghana Football Association. Muntari would have been suspended against Portugal anyway for receiving yellow cards in Ghana’s first two games.
“The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has suspended Sulley Ali Muntari indefinitely from the Black Stars with immediate effect,” the statement read.
“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“Muntari?s accreditation for the 2014 World Cup has been withdrawn with immediate effect.”
Prince-Boateng was suspended for arguing with Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah.
“The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has approved coach Kwesi Appiah?s decision to suspend Kevin-Prince Boateng indefinitely from the Black Stars,” their statement read
“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“Boateng?s accreditation for the 2014 World Cup has been withdrawn with immediate effect.”
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