Kevin-Prince Boateng has taken to social media to clarify his reason for allegedly throwing his shirt in Besiktas’ 2-1 defeat at home to Antalyaspor in the Turkish Super Lig on Saturday evening.
The Black Eagles were in action for the first time since mid-March when the league was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.
It was clearly a bitter return with Antalyaspor taking a 2-0 first-half lead courtesy of Sinan Gumus and Amilton Silva.
Second-half substitute Adem Ljajic then pulled one back for Besiktas in the 68th minute.
Boateng was taken off three minutes prior to the consolation goal, with Umut Nayir taking his place.
The 33-year-old midfielder was reported to have thrown his jersey on the ground, which was not well received by some sections of the club.
Boateng has, however, cleared the air that he would never disrespect Besiktas.
“I would never disrespect to throw the Besiktas shirt on the ground,” Boateng said in a post on Twitter.
“After leaving the game, I tried to take off my jersey and threw it towards our shopkeeper.
“I don’t even have a disrespectful attitude towards this club and jersey. But I’m sorry if it was understood from the outside.”
Boateng has been at Vodafone Park since January 2020, when he joined on loan from Serie A club Fiorentina.
He has made seven appearances in the Super Lig, scoring two goals.
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