Ballack fuming over friendly farce

German midfielder Michael Ballack will not play in his farewell match for his country against Brazil, labelling the proposal ‘a farce’.Ballack’s national team boss, Joachim Loew, announced on Thursday that Ballack would no longer be playing for his country under his tutelage after an impressive 98 appearances for the 2002 FIFA World Cup runner-up.

But Loew did extend an olive branch to Ballack by saying he would be given the chance to turn out one last time against Brazil in a friendly in August.

The friendly had already been scheduled before it was turned into a possible ‘farewell’ for Ballack, something which angered the combative midfielder.

“Turning a friendly match, which has been planned for so long, into my farewell is, in my opinion, a farce,” Ballack told Bild.

“I know I owe it to my fans to participate in that game, but I cannot accept this offer.”

Ballack also voiced his displeasure at Loew’s lack of respect in breaking the news to the midfielder.

“The form and content of his message surprised and disappointed me because they reflect the way he has been treating me since I got injured last summer,” he said.

Germany will face Brazil at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Stuttgart on August 10.