Newcastle left back Jose Enrique has come out today and said that Manchester City wild man DeJong should be banned because of his criminal tackle on Ben Arfa on Sunday.
Jose Enrique – ban the wild man of Manchester
Jose seems really incensed about the tackle, and has called on DeJong to be banned until Ben Arfa returns in around six months time, but of course none of that will happen. The Premier League just haven’t got the guts to do that.
Enrique said today:
‘They should ban De Jong until Ben Arfa can play again. De Jong shouldn’t be allowed to play football. His tackle was criminal. He already injured another player, Stuart Holden, last season.”
The tackle may have been criminal and it certainly looked wild, but referee Atkinson seemingly thought it was perfectly fair, even though it broke Ben Arfa’s leg in a couple of places.
And we are not expecting FA to punish DeJong for the tackle, if only because of that – Atkinson thought it was a fair tackle – but there again some of his decisions suggested that he was keen that City get all 3 points – let’s be clear about that.
And that’s why there should be some questions asked of the referee about some of his decisions, all that went City’s way – rather interestingly.
The game of cricket has already seen some things being done on the filed because of betting money – and if there was ever a time where a referee seemed to sway a game, it was this one.
That’s the inconvenient truth about this game, and it makes it even worse when the officials stay silent as the grave, after the game.
But Enrique insists that would not be the case with a more high-profile player:
“If it was Rooney who was injured instead of Ben Arfa, they would make an example of him.”
The people in Holland certainly thought the tackle was a reckless one and DeJong has been subsequently dropped from the Dutch squad for the European Championship qualifiers by Holland manager Bert van Marwijk, entirely based on that tackle.
So how does Martin Atkinson not give a foul for the tackle?
And Martin is not even required to explain his decisions – there’s something very wrong about that – and allows referees to get away with things far too easily in games – they have to start to be held accountable for their decisions.
Jose Enrique does not seem to be a big DeJong fan, as he continued:
“‘I think it’s very good that the Holland coach has left him out of the squad,” “But Newcastle have been left with just two wingers until the January transfer window. It’s hurt us.”
“The referee Martin Atkinson was laughable – the worst I have seen. He didn’t even give a foul for the challenge. De Jong is one of those players who walks a tightrope every time he plays.”
“As far as I know, he didn’t even come to say sorry after the match.”
He was laughable all right, but nothing at all – not one single word, has been uttered from any official body about the referee’s performance on Sunday.
There’s something very disturbing about that.