Newcastle Protest To FA – But Don’t Expect Any Joy

Ben Arfa – after he had broken his leg in two places

The Newcastle United club have called on the English Football Association to take action against the Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong, for his wild tackle which left Hatem Ben Arfa with a double leg fracture of his lower left leg on Sunday Afternoon.

The Tyneside club have written to the FA to ask it to investigate the incident, which went unpunished by referee, Martin Atkinson.

No foul was even given for the tackle but Martin Atkinson went on to referee the game as though he was in the employment of Manchester City, refusing to give Newcastle a stone cold penalty two minutes after the Eastlands club took the lead in the second half.

Joleon Lescott took the standing foot of Shola Ameobi away from him in the box, and never got anywhere near the ball – and that’s not a penalty?

A statement from the Newcastle United club read as follows:

“Newcastle United have today written a strongly worded letter to the Football Association in relation to the tackle by Manchester City’s Nigel de Jong on Hatem Ben Arfa in Sunday’s Premier League fixture, which resulted in Ben Arfa sustaining a broken tibia and fibula of his left leg.”

“The club has asked the FA for the appropriate action to be taken against De Jong for the tackle which, in the club’s opinion, was unnecessary and used excessive force.”

When you look at the replays of the incident it’s hard to give any support to DeJong,  who looks to be ready to take the man with the ball – which is basically what he did.

Newcastle have some support for their actions as Dutch manager Bert van Marwijk yesterday withdrew the midfielder from his Holland squad for the forthcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers against Moldova and Sweden.

When DeJong arrived he was told to take the next plane back to Manchester, as he would not be needed by the Netherlands.

That action was purely based on the tackle that broke Ben Arfa’s left leg in two places, and the match referee didn’t even think it was a foul.

And it’s hardly surprising that the Newcastle United club have also called on the referees’ ruling body to investigate the performance of the officials in Sunday’s game.

During the game Newcastle conceded a very controversial penalty and were denied what looked like a stone cold penalty – or put it this way – if  Lescott didn’t foul Ameobi in the box on Sunday then we should not give any penalties ever again – it was that obvious to everybody.

The Newcastle statement continued:

“Newcastle will also be writing to the appropriate body regarding the performance of the match officials, specifically the referee, in relation to a number of incidents during the game, including the tackle on Ben Arfa.”

What do we think will happen now?

Absolutely nothing – the English FA have shown too many times in the past, they have no backbone or courage or stomach when it comes to incidents like this. They will just want it to go away.

If history is any guide they will issue a very carefully worded statement, exonerating everybody involved from any blame or wrong-doing in the matter.

Just you mark our words – that’s the English FA for you – and they’ve shown many times before they just have no backbone for stuff like this.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • Thump

    Oct 5, 2010 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #1

    They’d have the stomach and backbone if it were Rooney…

  • baro

    Oct 5, 2010 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #2

    The FA will look like the biggest domasses if they don’t take an action on Nigel De (SHIT) Jong. That absolute piece of shit. Hate that player so much. Hope he dies. The FA should ban him until Ben Arfa is fit, than when Arfa is fit Arfa should go and break De Jong’s legs.

  • Thump

    Oct 5, 2010 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #3

    Well to be fair baro, Tioté looked like he was going to break his jaw.

    I would have paid the lads fine if he did too!

  • tublu

    Oct 5, 2010 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #4

    this the same blog that said on Sunday –
    “The game started badly for Newcastle when Ben Arfa went down from a tackle after just two minutes on the right wing, and it looked like he had sustained a bad ankle injury, may be even a broken ankle.”

    You seem to have changed your tune since sunday afternoon, been listening to talkshite radio since then ? Not one player on the pitch on Sunday believed that was anything other than a hard but fair tackle.

    Yes you should have had a pen, you think that’s the only time this season a decision will go against you ? grow up. Your defender was the last man when he brought tevez down, should have been sent off, we’re not crying about that.

  • tublu

    Oct 5, 2010 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #5

    oh, and baro, what a stupid prick you come across as. are you 12 ?

  • clooneytoon

    Oct 5, 2010 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #6

    As punishment newcastle should be allowed to let tiote loose on de jong, he flinched like a little girl when tiote squared up to him.

  • baro

    Oct 5, 2010 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #7

    Ya! I saw when Tiote got closer to him and gave him a look. I love Tiote’s attitude! A wonderful energetic defensive midfielder. He looks so scary. Another bargain buy that Chris Hughton got. Love him

  • JH

    Oct 5, 2010 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #8

    If the FA do FA about this, then there is a need to test it out in a criminal court.
    GBH, Aggravated assault I’m sure there is something to get him on.

    I would like the Ref to be investigated into match fixing – 3 major decisions that turned the game. The ref was in a good position on all accounts, big favour to Man City.

    Too much money is spoiling our beloved game. Just look at boxing since sky got involved.

    Get well Ben – hope all goes well for your recovery – I would love to see you tearing MC apart when you get mended and fit again.

  • nufc1984

    Oct 5, 2010 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #9

    Can someone tell me the difference between de Jong ‘letting Ben arfa know he’s there’ and ending up breaking his leg, and someone in the non footballing world putting the frighteners on someone and actually causing them harm? The latter would be put behind bars, especially as he has previous, yet de Jong is known for hurting people in the tackle, yet for his last three misdemeanours he has clocked up zero punishment, if I broke two peoples legs and smashed another in the chest full force with my boot I wouldn’t be allowed to walk the streets so why should he? Manc scum!!!

  • mattnufc

    Oct 6, 2010 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #10

    It’s incidents like this which you lose complete faith in the FA. Nothing will come out of this and it makes your blood boil.

  • Sav

    Oct 6, 2010 at 1:30 AM

    Comment #11

    Not surprised at De Jong’s response to Tiote, after all, it was coward’s tackle. as was his kick at Alonso. Far from being a hard man, DeJong is dangerous because he is yellow.

  • anuard

    Oct 6, 2010 at 6:48 AM

    Comment #12

    Good to see he was drop from Dutch squad. Hope he will get back after what he did to HBA by some one in the league.

  • Visten

    Oct 6, 2010 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #13

    I think the ‘Slong’ thought ‘holy shit this lads big’ when Tiote wanted a piece of him. Tiote is a great signing and shows that the holding midfielder can do his job with grace and not just be a thug who is out to make a name for himself at the expense (literally) of others.

  • Born Again Geordie

    Oct 6, 2010 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #14

    You break two players legs in the space of 6 months !!!! Is that the actions of a good honest professional ! No its the actions of a thug !!! Should have a lengthy ban. Does anyone know if he has appologised to Ben Arfa ?

  • Ryan_NUFC88

    Oct 6, 2010 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #15

    I agree with all the latter, De Jong has done this too many times now. The FA should grow some balls and take action, It’s players like this who end the careers of promising players like Ben Arfa…Jealousy???? Mancini will have blatantly said before the game, rough up Ben Arfa. He knows the tricks and little bursts he performs will make his team look stupid.

    Did anyone else notice tiote and Yaya toure have a few words abit later on, as they both went for the ball they both went down and Yaya kidney punched tiote right in front of the linesman, any action??? Nope!

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Oct 6, 2010 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #16

    “We will consider the contents of the letter,” confirmed an FA spokesperson.


  • munch27

    Oct 6, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #17

    As i wrote in a post the other day if the FA don’t take action we as fans should make things awkward and march on Ashton Gate and i’m sure fans from other clubs who’s players have been affected by these horror tackles would join us.
    I would be willing too try and organise this and if people show interest would start by contacting the club and i’m sure mike knows better than anyone we can if any group of fans make things miserable for people.

  • dave 1961

    Oct 6, 2010 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #18

    I have heard a whisper that Mike Ashley has his legal team working on it, as he is fuming at the tackle, it’s been said that as a football fan he’s been outraged by the tackle, and he’s determined to make a stand to force the issue.

  • dpb

    Oct 6, 2010 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #19

    What short memories you lot have .

    Nolan’s tackle on Victor Anchibe – Feb 2009 Guthries tackle on Fagan – Sep 2008 – both with more intent than De Jongs , especially Guthries which was totally meant

    What goes around comes around

    Penalties are the same – Wolves had a stonewall penalty refused against Newcastle

  • leedodd

    Oct 6, 2010 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #20

    At the end of the Day We ALL have to Hope The Young Lad Gets Back Soon !!!!!!! We wont Get anything regarding The FA and De Jong . He will get if from Other players !!!!!!!!!!!! Next Job Win Against Wigan and Batter Sunderland !!!! This Season The Refs have been Worse that The Ones We had Last Season.


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