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Ghana send Muntari and Boateng home from World Cup 'for indiscipline'

Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng have been expelled from Ghana's World Cup squad for disciplinary problems. The announcement comes just hours before Ghana play Portugal in their crucial final game in Group D.

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Players union hits out over state of Manaus pitch

Football players' union FifPro has strongly condemned the playing surface at the Arena da Amazonia stadium where England will play Italy on Saturday.

A groundsman tends to the controversial pitch at Manaus' Arena da Amazonia.

The head groundsman at the stadium has already admitted the pitch is in a "bad condition" and there are reports groundsmen have begun spraying the pitch green to cover up areas of worn-out grass.

A FifPro statement said: "The players deserve a quality playing surface and conditions that reflect what is meant to be the world's premier football event. This is simply not the case in Manaus. Nobody wants to see the players and the spectacle in general suffer."

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