Kevin-Prince Boateng has denied allegations that continual racist abuse forced him into his Schalke switch.
Boateng moved to the Gelsenkirchen club from AC Milan for €12 million this summer, a move which came as a shock to the Milan faithful. A board member of Schalke Peter Peters told Sport Bild on Tuesday that Boateng moved from Milan to escape racism in Italy.
Boateng has however denied this allegation. Speaking to the press after training session on Wednesday the midfielder said: “Racist incidents were definitely not the reason for my move to Schalke 04. It was a sporting reason.”
Peters has however retracted his statement. He told the club’s website: “After consultation with our manager Horst Heldt, my assumption was completely wrong,”
The Schalke midfielder was also delighted with return the Black Stars albeit he did not take part in the World Cup Qualifier due to a minor injury. Boateng said: “I had a great time in Ghana. Thousands of people were happy to see me at the airport with the Black Stars”
By Eben Kofi Eshun