Boateng: From travel to tactics, Ghana’s World Cup was a catastrophe

first_imgThe Schalke midfielder has slammed the country’s FA for the chaotic organisation of their campaign in Brazil and admits he will find it hard to return to international duty againGhana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng has hit out at the organiation of the Black Stars’ World Cup campaign, claiming the entire process was “a catastrophe”.While Ghana enjoyed some memorable moments during the competition, including a 2-2 draw against Germany and a record-breaking goal from Asamoah Gyan, the Black Stars’ time in Brazil was shrouded in controversy.Players threatened to boycott the remainder of the competition over a dispute concerning bonus payments, while Boateng and Sulley Munari were both sent home over a breach of discipline.The former AC Milan man has now spoken frankly of his experience throughout the World Cup process and claims the level of treatment the squad received from the Ghanaian footballing officials was ‘insulting’ at times.”I am very, very disappointed,” said Boateng, speaking to SportBild. “It simply was no good time. It was a nightmare from the first day of preparation until the end. “I never thought that you could organise a World Cup preparation and a World Cup that badly: hotels, flights – everything in an amateurish way.”Our flight from Miami to Brazil took 12 hours. We were in Economy Class, packed. The legs hurt. For a pro, that’s an insult. Meanwhile, our president sat in Business Class with his wife and his two kids. In Brazil the people responsible managed to lose my luggage. I did not have my football boots for days, no tapes, nothing. It was a disaster.”Prior to the match against the US we slept in a sleazy hotel. This one can never have been recommended by Fifa. The rooms were wet. I had to change my room because it was like a swimming pool. There was water dripping from the ceiling.”Ahead of the Black Stars’ final group game against Portugal, the squad threatened to boycott the match in protest at unpaid bonuses before Boateng was later sent home, and the Schalke man believes he was made a scapegoat for his honesty with Ghana’s footballing officials.”There were two or three players who were happy that me and Sulley Muntari were suspended,” said Boateng. “I made my point. There wasn’t a single player who was happy. I have the feeling that we met a hundred times with our whole delegation. We told them that there are many things that have to change. “I am an easy victim for them because I told them face-to-face that they are liars who do not keep their promises.”The president promised that we would travel better, get better accommodation in the future. A better organisation and preparation. He didn’t keep his promise. At the end, I was simply dissatisfied.”[The bonuses were] part of it, pretty normal. That was one of the smallest problems. It all just came together during one month. It was a catastrophe.”I just ask myself where all the money is going. The FA gets lots of money from sponsors, from Fifa. They certainly do not spend it for hotels, flights, the team and its preparation.”Boateng did not close the door on a future international career with the Black Stars, but did acknowledge that it would be difficult to return to the fold. “They kicked me out. I love the country and the people but it is hard for any sportsman to continue under these circumstances.”last_img read more

Restaurant chain partners with Vegas casino for sports betting, but Iowa locations prohibited from being sign-up spots

first_imgMASON CITY — Buffalo Wild Wings last week announced a deal with MGM Resorts to bring MGM sports betting into their restaurants in states where sports betting is legal, but Iowa gambling regulators say you won’t be able to go into the restaurants here and sign up for sports gambling accounts. Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission administrator Brian Ohorilko says the only way to sit down to eat wings and gamble is to have a mobile sports betting app through one of the state’s licensed casinos.  “Iowa law strictly limits sports wagering to casinos that have a gaming license, and so wagering inside a retail setting would be limited to those facilities. Wagering is also permitted under Iowa law through mobile wagering devices, and so folks could access their phone or other mobile device from anywhere within the boundaries of the state of Iowa, but with respect to any other entity offering sports wagering, that could not occur under the current laws of Iowa.”Ohorilko says right now there are only two companies licensed in the state of Iowa allowed to offer advanced deposit sports wagering through mobile apps.   “Those two companies are signing up customers in seven locations throughout the state of Iowa. Those locations as required by Iowa law are the casino locations. At any of those seven locations if a customer were to sign up, get the application that they need, and the account through any of the two licensed companies, than those customers could wager on their device from a Buffalo Wild Wings or from any other restaurant or location.” Sunday will mark one month since sports gambling was legalized in the state of Iowa.last_img read more