Soccer News of Fri, 27 Jun 201425
Players refuse to speak to media after Portugal defeat
All but one Ghana player refused to speak to the media following their 2-1 defeat to Portugal which sealed their early exit from the 2014 World Cup.
Ghana, who went into the 2014 World Cup in Brazil with strong hopes of becoming the first African side to make the last four of the competition, crashed out of the tournament for the first time after the group stage after Thursday’s defeat.
An own goal by John Boye sent the unimpressive Portuguese team on their way to clinching their first three points of the tournament.
And even though captain Asamoah Gyan scored the equalizer through a superb team effort, Cristiano Ronaldo pounced on a defensive mishap to restore Portugal’s lead.
The game eventually ended in a defeat for the Black Stars which sees the side finish bottom of Group G without winning a single game and finishing with just a point.
The gutted Ghanaian players after standing up waiting journalists in the mixed zone area after the game for a long time, filed past one after the other without offering a word to the media.
A ‘boo’ shout from one of the disappointed journalists almost resulted in a brawl with captain Asamoah Gyan.
Gyan had to be restrained by his teammates and officials from getting into a fight.
Only defender Jonathan Mensah managed to share a few words to the television cameras as his other colleagues climbed the waiting team bus to catch their flight back to their team base in Maceio.
The team will continue to be sponsored by FIFA for one more day after which all privileges will be withdrawn.