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Ballack lawyer targets Boateng

A lawyer for Chelsea star Michael Ballack said he intends lodging a complaint against Portsmouth's Kevin-Prince Boateng for the "intentional" tackle which ended the Germany captain's World Cup hopes.

Ballack lawyer targets Boateng
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Ballack was ruled out of the 2010 World Cup finals Monday after a scan revealed torn ligaments in his ankle following a heavy tackle by Germany-born Ghanaian Boateng during Sunday’s FA Cup final win.

The 33-year-old German will be sidelined for eight weeks, thus ending his hopes of playing what was likely to have been his last World Cup campaign in South Africa. Ironically, Ghana are in Germany’s Group D at the World Cup.

For the German’s lawyer, Michael Becker, Boateng set out to injure Ballack intentionally.

“To me, what Boateng did was not simply an insidious tackle but was designed to intentionally injure,” Becker said. “We are now looking into all of our legal options, which could lead to both civil and penal consequences.”

Ballack’s injury and subsequent absence from the June 11-July 11 finals caused uproar in Germany, although Boateng said Monday he did not set out to injure Ballack.

“I was late and I tackled him head on, it was really stupid. I apologised to him twice on the pitch, and now this makes it three times,” he said. “I am really sorry, but there was no ill-intention meant.”

Ballack meanwhile indicated he wanted to forget the whole incident.

Speaking from his team’s training camp in Sicily, to which he travelled despite his injury, Ballack said: “Obviously I’m still very angry and disappointed, but there’s no point in going out to make things worse.”

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French court hands Amazon €90,000-per-day fine over contracts

French authorities on Wednesday slapped a €90,000-per-day fine on e-commerce giant Amazon until it removes abusive clauses in its contracts with businesses using its platform to sell their goods.

French court hands Amazon €90,000-per-day fine over contracts

The anti-fraud Direction générale de la concurrence, de la consommation et de la répression des fraudes (DGCCRF) service said the online sales giant’s contracts with third-party sellers who use its Amazon.fr website contain “unbalanced” clauses.

“The company Amazon Services Europe did not comply completely with an injunction it was served and it is now subject to a fine of €90,000 per day of delay” in applying the changes, the DGCCRF said in a statement.

It also urged the platform to conform with European rules on equity and transparency for firms using online platforms.

Amazon said the order would harm consumers.

“The changes imposed by the DGCCRF will stop us from effectively protecting consumers and permit bad actors to set excessive prices or spam our clients with commercial offers,” the e-commerce giant said in a statement.

“We will comply with the DGCCRF’s decision but we absolutely do not understand it and we are challenging it in court,” responded the e-commerce giant in a statement.

Amazon said the clauses that the DGCCRF has ordered removed had, for example “prevented the appearance of exorbitant prices for mask and hydroalcoholic gel during the pandemic”.

In 2019, Amazon was fined €4 million for “manifestly unbalanced” contract clauses with third-party sellers on its site in a case brought by the DGCCRF.

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