Kevin-Prince Boateng has hit back at claims he intentionally injured Michael Ballack during the FA Cup final last weekend.
Boateng’s dangerous tackle during Portsmouth’s 1-0 defeat to Chelsea has ruled Germany captain Ballack out of the World Cup.
And despite apologising for the challenge, Ghana international Boateng, who was born in Berlin, claims it was not as bad as Ballack slapping him earlier in the game at Wembley.
He told Sport Bild: “There is my foul on the one hand and his slap on the other, and I think violent conduct is far worse than a foul.
“Ballack really does surprise me. He complains for weeks when Lukas Podolski slaps him and yet he does it himself. He is no better than Podolski.
“What kind of behaviour is that?”
And to fan the flames further ahead of Ghana and Germany’s World Cup clash on June 23, Boateng then hit out at Joachim Low, accusing the Germany coach of double standards in claiming the Pompey man should have seen red.
“When I hear that, I can see that he has two different ways of seeing things,” he continued.
“Can his captain slap whomever he wants? That was clearly violent conduct.”
Germany can be backed at 8/11 with a host of bookmakers, including bet365, Betfred, Blue Square, Paddy Power and Stan James, to win the group showdown between the two teams. A Ghana victory can be backed at 7/2 with bet365, while the draw is 9/4 with Betfred.