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Ghana suspended two of its star players right before its final World Cup group stage match against Portugal on Thursday.
Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari were suspended after separate incidents at a practice, according to The Associated Press.
According to the Ghana Football Association, Muntari was suspended after he allegedly physically assaulted an executive of the national team.
Boateng was suspended after he was said to have yelled and sworn at head coach Kwesi Appiah as the team practiced during the week, according to a separate statement by the GFA.
Earlier this week Ghana was embroiled in another controversy when the players demanded their appearance fees that they had not received.
Ghana’s government sent the team $3 million prior to the Portugal game, which guaranteed the players would play, according to Bloomberg.
Ghana ended up losing to Portugal 2-1 ending any hope of them advancing to the first knockout round. If they had won and the United States had lost by more than two goals, Ghana would have advanced, according to NESN.
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