Frankfurt's Kevin-Prince Boateng: Hertha protest a 'symbol of humanity'

Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng has backed hometown club Hertha Berlin's decision to take a knee in support of the recent NFL protests.

On Saturday, Hertha took a knee ahead of their Bundesliga match against Schalke "to take a stand against discrimination" and support the protests initiated by then San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016.

Former Hertha midfielder Boateng, who made international headlines when he walked off the pitch after being racially abused in a friendly during his time at AC Milan, told reporters: "It's a symbol of humanity."

Hertha's show of support was retweeted by Kaepernick and drew worldwide attention, but several German media outlets were critical.

Spiegel Online said it was "irrelevant" while broadsheet Suddeutsche Zeitung called it "an artificial construct for the purposes of ingratiation and gaining an air of importance." Die Welt, meanwhile, argued that the idea to take a knee had not come from the club but rather a hired PR agency that had been working with Hertha.

Kevin-Prince Boateng plays for Eintracht Frankfurt but began his career at Hertha Berlin.

Former Ghana international Boateng, who grew up in Berlin and began his career at Hertha, disagreed with the suggestion it had been a cynical move.

"First of all, it's just very positive because they tried to transport a positive message," Boateng said. "Many ask what Hertha have to do with what happens in the United States, but I instead see it as a very good move overall and hope that many teams will follow.

"It's a symbol of humanity."

Boateng, though, said he was not entirely in favour of the NFL protests taking place during the U.S. national anthem.

"I believe it's not 100 percent right to kneel during the national anthem, because you have to respect what many have done for this nation," he said. "I think kneeling prior to the anthem, like the Dallas Cowboys have done, is right."

Boateng has become a significant voice in the fight against racism in football, giving a speech on the subject at the United Nations in 2013 after the incident at AC Milan earlier that year.

Boateng was said to have left Milan "because of racist incidents," and he said it remains a problem in the sport.

"It hasn't happened to me again, but it doesn't matter if it happens to me or like only recently to a good friend of mine in Italy," Boateng, who joined Frankfurt from Las Palmas in the summer, said. "Racism is still there. We can't just close our eyes and act like it's gone away. We need to do something against it."


Las Palmas look for Kevin Prince Boateng replacement

Las Palmas are on the market for a replacement for midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng after the Ghanaian returned to Germany to be with his family.

And according to some reports in Spain that man could be 20 year old Spanish midfielder Sergi Canós, currently playing in the English Championship with Brentford.

The youngster began his career at Barcelona before moving to Liverpool’s youth teams in 2013. He joined Brentford on loan in 2015 scoring 7 goals in 39 appearances before joining Norwich on a four year deal.

However he was getting very little game time at Carrow Road and has since rejoined Brentford, this time on a four and a half year deal.

Boateng left on Wednesday and is reported to be on the verge of returning to the Bundesliga to join Eintracht Frankfurt.

The midfielder explained that his decision was not based on him as a player, but as a husband and father. “I am making this decision for my family, which is the most important thing.

“I am not happy being away from my family. I told the president and he understood me.

“It is a very difficult and sad day for me, it is not easy to understand and it is my responsibility.”

Although he is set to continue his career in Germany, he has made clear that he would love a return to Gran Canaria.

“In the world of football, not everything is true, but I will return to Las Palmas because it is a family. Las Palmas has given me a lot, not only in football.”

Club president Miguel Angel Ramírez said he told Boateng to take his time and that the club would support him no matter his decision.

Source: La Liga News

Kevin Prince-Boateng ends Las Palmas contract

Kevin Prince-Boateng has ended his contract with Las Palmas, just days before the start of the new La Liga season.

The 30-year-old arrived at the Gran Canarian club last summer and signed a deal until 2020, but he has now mutually terminated his deal in what the club have called an ‘irreversible personal reasons’ decision.

The Ghanaian’s exit from the club follows a number of higher profiled players leave, including midfielder Roque Mesa, who joined Premier League side Swansea City earlier this summer, whilst Jese Rodriguez’s loan deal from Paris Saint Germain also ended.

The Spanish club confirmed the news via their official website with sources also confirming that the attacker wants to be closer to his family.

The club ‘wished Boateng the best in both sporting and personal terms’ and have thanked him for ‘his excellent performances last season which earned him the love of the fans.’

The 30-year-old will ‘bid his farewell’ at a press conference due to take place at 17.00 local time in their Gran Canaria Stadium alongside Club President Miguel Angel Ramirez.

Having joined Las Palmas last summer, Boateng had spent six months on the sidelines after falling out of favour with Italian side AC Milan.

Previous to that he had spent time with Schalke, Portsmouth, Dortmund, Spurs and Hertha Berlin.

Source: La Liga News