- John Paintsil has denied borrowing US$20,000 from his former teammate Derek Boateng
- Paintsil has been sued by Boateng for failing to refund the $20,000 sum he borrowed in camp during the first FIFA World Cup tournament to be staged in Africa
Ex-Black Stars defender John Paintsil says he is ready to face former international teammate Derek Boateng in court, insisting he does not owe the latter any money.
Boateng has sought legal action against his compatriot after claiming Paintsil has refused to refund $20,000 he borrowed from him during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
The midfielder is demanding the recovery of the amount plus interest at commercial bank rate from the date the defendant collected the money till date of final payment in the writ of summons.
In his statement of claim, Boateng said several attempts to retrieve his money have proved futile and therefore wants Paintsil to defray his legal fees and cost too.
“On several occasions, he demanded the money from the defendant, but he kept giving excuses…’I will pay, I will pay’. There was a time he demanded the money and the former wife of the defendant stepped in to say that he should exercise patience, the husband will pay,” Boateng said in his statement of claim, through his lawyers.
Responding to the development, Paintsil admitted that he has indeed been served a writ from court.
The former Fulham right-back, however, denied owing Boateng $20,000 as the midfielder claims.
In an interview with Accra-based Kasapa FM, Paintsil said he is ready to face his former international teammate in court, but declined to comment further.
"Well, you know that the matter is in court and when an issue is in court you don't talk about it," he said, adding that “I don't owe Derek, I will leave it to the court to decide".
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