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Lukas Podolski lifts lid on slapping Michael Ballack on the pitch and what happened after

Lukas Podolski has given his take on slapping German team-mate Michael Ballack on the pitch.

The former Gunners scored nearly 50 goals in 130 appearances for his country over 13 years.

He was part of the World Cup-winning side in 2014 as well as the team that made the semi-finals in South Africa four years earlier.

But his most infamous moment came in a game leading up to the 2010 tournament, getting involved in a spat with captain Ballack.

With the Germans leaden Wales 2-0 after 67 minutes, the Chelsea legend tried to give Podolski tactical instruction only for the forward to slap him on the cheek.

Lukas Podolski has lifted the lid on slapping Germany captain Michael Ballack
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Podolski, though, has revealed what happened after the incident at full time.

Speaking to FourFourTwo magazine, the German said: ”Nobody can kill me.

“We had a fight on the pitch, but these things happen.

“We spoke about the situation afterwards and then shook hands.

“It was a really big deal for the German media, but not for Michael and I.”

The former Arsenal forward did not react well when the German gave him instructions during a World Cup qualifier win in 2010
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The incident saw the forward pay 5,000 Euros to the German Football Federation.

Podolski spent three seasons with the Gunners but did not find scoring form, only hitting 31 goals in 82 games.

And the 34-year-old has spoken out on his time in north London.

“I didn’t get enough game time; I felt that I performed well and didn’t get the minutes I deserved,” the German added.

But Podolski told FourFourTwo ‘these things happen’ as he reflected on it
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“On the other hand, if you look at my stats, I played in about 80 matches and was directly involved in a lot of goals by scoring or assisting.”

Podolski scored 197 goals in more 530 club appearances, with most of them coming at 1. FC Koln.

He joined…

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