Police question Spurs outcast Boateng as cars are damaged after night of celebration
19 March 2009 02:00
Tottenham midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng has been questioned by police after a night out with a former team-mate.
The 22-year-old was celebrating the birthday of Hertha Berlin midfielder Patrick Ebert when cars were allegedly damaged in Berlin early on Wednesday.
Germany Under 21 international Ebert, also 22, has been suspended from the first team by his club.
According to reports in Germany, one car was scratched and the wing mirrors were damaged on five other vehicles in the district of Wilmersdorf at about 3am. Both deny the claims.
Hertha Berlin and Borussia Dortmund, where Boateng is on loan, both initially released issued statements denying any wrongdoing, but confirmed the police had been in contact with their respective players.
Dortmund sports director Michael Zorc said: 'I was in contact with him (Boateng) over the phone, he vehemently denies these allegations.'
The club statement also asked the public not to 'prejudge the player' and confirmed Boateng's adviser, Jorg Neubauer, had appointed a lawyer to advise the midfielder.
Hertha coach Lucien Favre chose a different option for Ebert and said: 'Patrick will train with the amateur team for a while.
'I can't yet say for how long for at this stage, but in any case, he will not be in the team against Stuttgart (on Saturday).'
Boateng signed for Spurs in July 2007 from Hertha Berlin and made 21 appearances for Tottenham in 2007-08. He joined Dortmund on loan in the January transfer window after making just one appearance for Spurs this season.