Samir Nasri has spoken out in support of his compatriot Ben Arfa today.
Sami Nasri – slams English referee Martin Atkinson
And has slammed referee Martin Atkinson for not even booking De Jong for the challenge – indeed it wasn’t even thought to be foul by the English referee.
Nasri told the French Daily L’Equipe today:
“I am very disappointed for Hatem because he is someone who I appreciate a lot.” “I have been stunned by the refereeing. When you see Hatem is leaving on a stretcher with oxygen assistance and the referee didn’t send off the player…that is something that has to be changed in England.”
“There has always been physical impact and there will always be. But are the players protected enough? I don’t think so.” “Moreover De Jong is just like (Mark) Van Bommel, he has previous history.” “The referees should know those players are used to committing fouls. The referee didn’t even give a free-kick.”
We are concerned there has so far been no official statement from either the referees or the Premier League or the Englsish FA about Sunday’s incident There is a vacuum of concern, and you would think something would be said officially about the incident, but there’s no doubt English football is being seen as violent.
What else are people to think, when the tackle that broke the Frenchman’s leg is two places wasn’t even seen as a s foul in England.
But that didn’t stop the Dutch FA from immediately dropping and sending home the player yesterday from their European qualifying squad. DeJong was said to be extremely upset about that – well isn’t that a pity.
There’s no doubt this bad publicity will hardly help this Dutch player in the future, as he’s been seen as a thug – playing his football in England.