The Fury

How about that Kevin-Prince Boateng on Saturday, huh?

Boateng – an angry man

Kevin-Prince Boateng

Make no mistake about it, The Spoiler occasionally gets to taste the high life, enjoying luxury jacket potatoes at lunchtime, the odd cup of Earl Grey, and – just this weekend – a high ranking member of the team had a fun day out at Old Trafford, to watch United thump Portsmouth 5-0.

One piece of information from the game, which appears to have floated beneath the football radar, is that Portsmouth’s hotheaded midfielder, Kevin-Prince Boateng, stormed off the pitch with about five minutes to go, at a time when all of the substitutes had already been used – leaving his side to see out the remainder of the humiliation with just ten men.

Does anyone know exactly what happened?

Portsmouth had, of course, played a shocker, and Boateng’s decision to remove his shirt and march down the tunnel with one of the trainers in hot pursuit, suggests that the man – like a wealthy child who no longer wants his stupid friends littering his playroom – had simply had enough.

It wouldn’t be the first time Boateng had bubbled over, either. Just a few days ago he was fined £50,000 for thirteen counts of criminal damage in Berlin, thanks to a ill-thought-out decision to smash up some other people’s cars.

And, Spurs man, Henry Redknapp, recently said this of the player:

“I didn’t know much about Boateng when I arrived at Tottenham but I was listening to what other people were telling me about his character and the way he behaved off the field.”

“And to be honest they weren’t painting a very good picture of him.”

If you can shed any light on Saturday’s curious turn of events, do let us know with an informative comment.


14 responses so far
  • Johnny Lager // February 8, 2010 at 11:34 am

    He injured his ankle shooting from 40 yards when it would have been better to pass to someone else. Or his pride was injured, take your pick.

  • Ian // February 8, 2010 at 11:48 am

    He just seemed to throw a tantrum and storm off the pitch. I guess he didn’t want to play any more. At least he didn’t take the ball with him.

    The club should impose a hefty fine on him. They could certainly do with the money.

  • Lupek // February 8, 2010 at 11:53 am

    A replay showed his ankle got stuck after a late challenge from I can’t remember who.
    I reckon he was able to continue through the pain, but couldn’t be bothered.
    Honestly, at four or five – nil down, I don’t think I’d stay and risk aggravating my ankle injury.

  • Peter Pan // February 8, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    He threw his dummy. Portsmouth, West Ham, Bolton, etc etc all need their players to role up the sleeves and battle regardless of score. 5-1? as opposed to 5-0? could be what matters in the end, GOAL DIFFERENCE!. He should be fined and told to grow up. He sulked at the Fulham game, and that was winable!

  • PompeyWebb // February 8, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    It was an injury that forced him off, hence the ‘trainer’ walking him down the tunnel. What a stupid article. The media really don’t help things withe their scaremongering. Shame on you.

  • sheimo // February 8, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    shame indeed. go on cry. lol!

  • Ferret657 // February 8, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    What a rubbish article, no wonder as they put it; “the incident floated under the football radar”, was their reporter actually at the game like I was? He clearly injured himself as could be seen by him limping off of the pitch. Any player not in play on the sidelines either has to wear a bib or take his shirt off, exactly as he did. He hardly “stormed” off the pitch like Ian suggests.

    Total tosh!

  • Dave // February 8, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    It seems that everyone in the media is doing the cowardly thing – kicking Pompey when they’re down.

    Show some backbone. Have a go at Chelsea and MU!

  • The Spoiler // February 8, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    From where The Spoiler was sitting – in the best seats at Old Trafford, upholstered in leather, carpet underfoot, on the half way line, naturally – Boateng was well enough to walk off the pitch under his own steam and headed down the touchline with the trainer trotting behind him in search, it seemed, of an explanation as to where Boateng thought he was going. It looked for all the world as if the player had unilaterally decided to call it a day. As neither MotD not the posh Sunday papers picked it up, we just wondered if anyone else knew what had happened.

    While we’re on the subject though – Richard Hughes, worst performance ever by anyone in a football shirt. Playing badly is one thing, hiding on the pitch is a dereliction of duty. For confirmation, check out the Guardian’s Chalk Board – for a holding midfielder against a team camped permanently in his third of the field to end the day with just three tackles to his name makes you sympathise with Portsmouth’s many owners when it comes to signing the pay cheques.

  • Ferret657 // February 8, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Are you a southampton fan???

  • PompeyWebb // February 8, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Wow, taking out your frustrations of being wrong against yet another one of our players? Classy.

    Having seen Hughes play well in several games against Man U I was not surprised to see his name on the team sheet. Hi passing was OK, as was his positioning, and he does not needless tackle if he thinks there are better options.

    I wonder if none of the other media picked up on it because they realised he was injured, something you obviously failed to spot. Not good for people who write about football everyday!

  • The Spoiler // February 8, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    What exactly is a “needless tackle”?

    And these “better options” than tackling – a list of them please…

  • John // February 8, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Wow…pompey fans getting a little testy…standing up for a team that doesn’t deserve it. I am sure the spoiler will attack ManU or Chelski when thier players LEAVE a game with time still on the clock leaving 10 men to play.

    You can’t possibly be standing up for that!?

  • Glenn // February 8, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    John no one is standing up for a player walking out on his team…but he was injured. Hence why he is a doubt for the game against Sunderland.

    What people don’t like is bullshit being posted. Doesn’t take much just to ask someone what happened rather than post a blog post about him with lies and speculation.. but I dont want to knock the spoiler too much I like it here :) Just would like to see an update with the fact that he left the field of play due to injury and not for throwing his toys out of the pram.

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