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.