Kevin-Prince Boateng claims the criticism over his tackle on Germany midfielder Michael Ballack has gone too far.
Portsmouth midfielder Boateng’s late challenge during the FA Cup final has ruled Chelsea man Ballack out of this summer’s World Cup.
The Ghana international, who was born in Berlin, has issued numerous apologies, and is incensed that his family have now been targeted in a hate campaign.
Boateng told Sport Bild magazine: “What is happening has gone too far. Some people gave managed to involve my family in this whole affair and we have been turned into an evil enemy.
“On the other hand, many are minimising and ignoring the slap around the face I got from Michael Ballack.
“Even my apology a week last Monday has been swept under the table. People have overstepped the mark.”
Boateng went on to reveal he has received support from several of Ballack’s club team-mates in recent weeks.
“I have had contact with two or three Chelsea players and they say that a foul like that can happen,” he continued.
“They say I should not let what is being reported about me get to me. It was not intentional.
“I don’t want to be seen as a victim, but I would like criticism to be constructive.”
Boateng’s Ghana face Germany in the group stage of the World Cup and are 4/1 (SkyBet) to cause an upset, with the Germans favoured at 10/13 (bodog). SkyBet and bwin are offering 5/2 for a draw.