Scandal erupts in Germany after Lukas Podolski slaps Michael Ballack in the face

Striker alleged to have physically and verbally abused his captain

Lukas Podolski slaps Micky Ballack

Chelsea players and winged creatures know not to mess with Michael Ballack, but Germany’s favourite Polish striker Lukas Podolski clearly has some lessons to learn.

On Wednesday night, the 13 or 14 people who attended the Wales/ Germany game in Cardiff were shocked to see the angry forward slap his captain in the middle of the pitch. After the game, Podolski dismissed the incident:

Sometimes these things happen on the pitch. For me, the matter is closed and have been dealt with. Anyone can see I am a player who sometimes shows emotion, but I don’t clear these things up in public. We are professional enough to discuss these things in private.

We didn’t report this yesterday as Podolski’s comments made it all seem like a non-event, but our German friends at Bild have spiced things up this morning by claiming Podolski ranted at Ballack before the bitchslap.

Apparently, he said “Halt’s Maul! Lauf selber, du Arschloch!”. Thanks to The Spoiler’s tenuous grasp of German idioms, we know this means:

“Shut your trap! Run, you arsehole!”

In response to this accusation, Podolski simply said: “I did not use such words.” Whatevs, Lukas.

Spoiler bonus: Video evidence of the honour-offending slap after the jump…

5 responses so far
  • Mish // April 3, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Good for Lukas! Ballack’s got a mouth on him, he needs a slap with a ring-hand now and again.

  • AX // April 3, 2009 at 10:24 am

    “Anyone can see I am a player who sometimes shows emotion”

    Poldoski is a piece of A.S.S.H.O.L.E, he thought himself a superstar.

  • Ryan Failey // April 3, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    holy crap. he smacked his captain upside the head. ahahahaha. pretty stupid but who am i to talk? if ballack started dishing out orders to me, i doubt i’d resist the urge.

  • didier drogba // April 4, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    now i know what to do. next time you wanna take a free kick ill bitch slap your ass polish style.

  • Lukas Podolski // April 29, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Yeah, i like that Podolski slapped Ballack, he earned it pretty much!
    As a German I have to admit that I like Podolski much more than I like Ballack ;-)

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