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Tagoe dismisses Hoffenheim claims

By Ibrahim Sannie
BBC Sport

Prince Tagoe being unveiled as a Hoffenheim player
Prince Tagoe signed for Hoffenheim only in June 2009

Prince Tagoe has accused Hoffenheim of 'inhumane' treatment and has insisted he is fit to carry on with his career.

The Ghana striker passed a medical before joining the German club in June but his contract was cancelled two weeks ago over health concerns.

Tagoe disputes the alleged heart problem, saying a second opinion has given him the all-clear.

"I want to assure everybody that I am fully fit, I don't have any health concerns whatsoever," Tagoe said.

"I am still in shock that officials of a well-respected club like Hoffenheim used the opinion of just one doctor to cancel my contract.

"What baffles me is that I passed a very comprehensive medical test in June and a few days later I am told a different story.

"Since Hoffenheim told me the news, my agent and I went for a second opinion from a well-respected heart surgeon who says the talk from Hoffenheim is wrong.

"I have been training on my own since then because I know that I am fully fit and the doctors have confirmed it."

Tagoe accused Hoffenheim officials of abandoning him soon after telling him that his playing career was over.

He cited the example of Nigeria captain Kanu Nwankwo who was treated by his then club Inter Milan in 1996 after a routine medical revealed a faulty aortic valve in his heart.

I came to Hoffenheim to fight for the honour of the club and I deserve to be treated like a human being

Prince Tagoe

"A few moments after telling me that I have got a serious health condition they came forward with another blow - that my contract is cancelled," Tagoe told BBC Sport.

"It was like putting a knife through my heart twice. At least I came to Hoffenheim as a member of the family not an outcast.

"For many days after the club told me about the condition I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown because they (Hoffenheim) neglected me.

"I came to Hoffenheim to fight for the honour of the club and I deserve to be treated like a human being.

"Since the issue came to the public's attention they have tried to look nice but the truth is they totally neglected me soon after cancelling my contract.

"The treatment was inhumane and cruel no matter how they try to package it.

"Even if I had a disease, which I don't, they have a duty of care towards me. Inter Milan supported Kanu when his heart issue came up.

"For officials of Hoffenheim the opposite it true."

Despite Tagoe's claims, Hoffenheim's sporting director Jan Schindelmeiser says they will take care of the Ghanaian striker.

Tagoe's agents have started a legal action against Hoffenheim over claims of human rights abuse.

They are also expected to inform Fifa of how the player's contract was terminated.

Tagoe had been playing in Saudi Arabia in recent years and his move to Germany in June this year was widely seen as a much deserved step into the limelight.

He has started all three of Ghana's matches in the final round of World Cup qualifying.

Football has become much more aware of health issues since the death of Cameroon's Marc-Vivien Foe during the Confederations Cup in France in 2003.

Earlier this month the captain of Spanish club Espanyol, Daniel Jarque, died after suffering a heart attack following a training session.

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