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Ballack seeks legal action

BERLIN, May 18- A lawyer for Chelsea star Michael Ballack said he intends lodging a complaint against Portsmouth's Kevin-Prince Boateng for the "intentional" tackle which ended the Germany captain's World Cup hopes.

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.

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"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."

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."

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Sugzie

    September 13, 2012 at 8:15 am

    not at all worth the hype….

  2. bob

    September 13, 2012 at 8:27 am

    they must have ran out of companies to copy ideas from(napster, sony etc), so Apple innovation (smirk) is at an end. Steve Jobs will be proud, his wishes to go thermonuclear on samsung have been an epic fail, roll on the new samsung Android and WP8 devices, goodbye apple, good riddance.

    • Kago

      September 13, 2012 at 8:30 am

      Clearly you’ve never used an iPhone, just because they aren’t making leaps and bounds technology wise doesn’t mean that it isn’t a great phone.

      • Tim Kagiri

        September 13, 2012 at 10:04 am

        The S3 and the HTC one X have quad cores, the latest iPhone is not even a duo core, Panorama has just landed in apple in 2012?? that tech has been there for years its almost standard on camera phones. Basically the iPhone is falling way way way behind the heavyweights..epic fail gain

      • Sam

        September 13, 2012 at 11:28 am

        Thank you Kago.
        I have a 4S and HTC one X and I’ll tell you I’m stunned thinking about the improvements done. 8 hours on 3G and browsing? A6 chip to give twice as fast loading? Apple maps, Siri updates, picture still grabbing and panorama on camera? 720p secondary camera? esh…
        And then 8 months later and am still discovering new (however small/simple they may be) things on 4S? no wonder once you bite the apple you never go back.

        Not in bad taste but I’m more excited to pull out my 4S than HTC every time. Coz Android is too simple and after learning to use its features in 2 weeks, there’s nothing new to discover now.
        (shrugs)

  3. Dominic

    September 13, 2012 at 9:39 am

    a smartphone to buy

  4. Pat MacMaina

    September 14, 2012 at 6:48 am

    for me it just looks like a shiny tv remote. lol
    no memory card slot
    never can change the battery
    no change in camera resolution.
    no drastic changes to itunes
    no tear drop design
    no wider screen
    no nfc…an i still wonder whether u can transfer fills via bluetooth
    no innovation at all….no big leap like the s3…or most android phones
    can you tell me something new. something innovative. something different ..something away from the wow-factor!

  5. jack

    September 14, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    its only for $199 in the US under a contract and an unlocked one will retail for around GBP530 for 16GB and will probably be more expensive in Kenya.

  6. Rob

    September 19, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Please put a picture of the real iPhone 5…that picture you have on there is a fake. And also note that the prices you have listed are for a contract, and not for an unlocked (non-contract) phone. Research better next time you write an article…you should have taken info from the source itself, the Apple website!

  7. Badazz

    September 24, 2012 at 6:31 am

    Its all about style and class, not striving to be above the rest but different from the rest. None of the android phones can compare to an iphone. Iphone5 any day any time.

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