The statements said that Muntari was suspended “in the wake of his unprovoked physical attack on an Executive Committee member of the GFA and a management member of the Black Stars, Mr. Moses Armah on Tuesday 24th June, 2014 during a meeting.”
Boateng, meanwhile, was suspended “following Boateng’s vulgar verbal insults targeted at coach Kwesi Appiah during the team’s training session in Maceio this week.”
Muntari currently plays for A.C. Milan, while Boateng plays for Schalke 04. Both have previously appeared in the English Premier League for Portsmouth. Muntari would have been suspended for the final group match regardless, as he had recieved two yellow cards in the previous matches.
Ghana play Portugal today, while the USA take on Germany, with all four teams in Group G still able to qualify for the round of 16.
The Ghana team’s disarray could work in the United States’ favour, as Ghana have a superior goal difference to Portugal - meaning that if Portugal win, they have more ground to make up even if the USA lose to Germany.