FC Schalke 04 and Ghana national midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng checked himself into a German hospital on Christmas Day after allegedly being assaulted during an altercation in Kaarst.
While police are still currently investigating the case, David Kent of The Daily Mail indicated that Boateng suffered bruises to his ribs, back and neck. Investigators are yet to identify Boateng's assailant, but a statement released on Thursday claims the motives were involved with Boateng's "personal affairs."
"On Wednesday, Dec. 25 at around 12:45 (local time), an incident of physical assault took place in Kaarst. A 26-year-old man, a resident of Meerbusch, was physically attacked on the street by a currently unidentified man," the police statement read.
Boateng was said to have been visiting his son at the home of his ex-wife when an altercation broke out. As Boateng left the residence, he was attacked by the unidentified person and fell onto a vase, at which point he suffered "mild injuries," per the police report. Police did not give particulars as to why Boateng was attacked, though they asked with anyone with information contact them.
Kent notes that Boateng allegedly went back home before calling the police. His injuries are not expected to affect his status with Schalke, which are on winter break with the rest of Bundesliga.
Boateng, 26, is in his first season with the German side after a three-year spell with AC Milan of Serie A. During his time with Milan, Boateng became known for his flamboyance and later stance against Italian racism. He, along with many Milan teammates, walked off the pitch in a friendly against Pro Patria in January after the crowd showered the players with racist chants.
While there were many supporters of Boateng's stance, he instantly became a controversial figure in Italy. Amid the criticism from some Italian fans and continued racist remarks, Schalke’s chief financial officer Peter Peters admitted Boateng's move to Germany was to get away from the drama.
“Because of the racist incidents, Boateng wanted to leave Italy,” Peters said, per ESPN's Stephan Uersfeld. “He had an arrangement with president Silvio Berlusconi that he could leave if AC Milan qualified for the Champions League group stage.”
Boateng has looked like a rejuvenated player since joining Schalke. He has scored five goals in 12 Bundesliga matches, after scoring only twice all of last season. Schalke are not due back from winter break until Jan. 26, when they face Hamburg SV.
This incident is also not expected to prevent Boateng from representing Ghana in the 2014 World Cup.
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