Asamoah Gyan threatens journalist after Ghana World Cup exit

The striker lost his temper in the wake of his side's defeat against Portugal and challenged a reporter to a fight in the mixed zone area
From Stefan Coerts in Brasilia

Ghana attacker Asamoah Gyan threatened to attack a journalist in the wake of his side's 2-1 World Cup defeat against Portugal at the Estadio Mane Garrincha on Thursday.

The Black Stars would have qualified for the round of 16 with a win over Paulo Bento's side, but Gyan's equaliser after John Boye's own goal was not enough as Cristiano Ronaldo eventually helped Portugal to the points, thus ending the Africans' World Cup dreams.

The entire Ghana squad refused to speak to the written press in the mixed zone after their early World Cup exit, leading to one journalist booing the players.

Gyan didn't take the jeers lightly and spoke out in anger, threatening to attack the aforementioned reporter. The Al Ain star had to be restrained by his team-mates before he was eventually ushered away to the waiting team-bus by his fellow Ghana internationals.

"It's part of the footballers' jobs to speak to reporters after the game," the journalist in question explained.

"It doesn't matter whether you win or lose. They all refused to speak and I booed them for that. I didn't say anything special, but the players - and Gyan in particular - reacted aggressively."

Preparations for Ghana's decisive match against Portugal were marred by a row over appearance fees, while Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng were sent home after attacking a team official and insulting head coach Kwesi Appiah respectively.