Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sidney Sam have both been sacked by Schalke following the 2-0 defeat to Koln after the club’s sporting director Horst Heidt threatened “consequences” should they fail to win the game.
In a statement released by the club on their official website, it was confirmed that both Boateng and Sam have been released by the club, while Marco Hoger has been suspended until the end of the week.
The statement read:
“Schalke sporting director Horst Heldt announced there would be consequences after Sunday’s defeat away to 1 FC Köln and the first action has been taken: Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sidney Sam have been released with immediate effect. Marco Höger is suspended from training and first-team action up to and including Saturday, 16th May.”
Former Tottenham forward Boateng joined the Bundesliga side in 2013 after a three-year spell with AC Milan, but he has been released with immediate effect despite Schalke still having two league games to play this season.
Winger Sam only arrived at the Veltins-Arena last January after leaving Bayer Leverkusen for €2.5m, but despite signing a four-year contract with the club, he has been released.
Schalke sit sixth in the Bundesliga table, and while that doesn’t seem disastrous for the club, their season has fallen well short of expectations. A run of two wins in their last 12 league games as well as Champions League elimination to Real Madrid has seen the club, and despite Borussia Dortmund’s woeful start to the season, they are now just two points behind their German rivals.
Ex-Ghana international Boateng has made 18 Bundesliga appearances this season although he has failed to find the back of the net, while Sam, who has been capped five times by Germany, has started just seven games and has been criticised for his below-par performances since joining from Leverkusen.