Newcastle have appealed to the English FA about the tackle that broke Ben Arfa’s leg on Sunday, and they had received no communication at all from the Manchester City club, regarding the incident.
Roberto Mancini – he hopes DeJong not marked man – no chance!
And no apology has been forthcoming from Nigel De Jong, after he broke the Frenchman’s leg in two places. But today manager Roberto Mancini has rightly offered his condolencies to the player.
Mancini told Gazzetta dello Sport:
“I am very saddened for Ben Arfa – he is an extraordinary player.” “I hope he returns to play as soon as possible.” “De Jong is forceful but also loyal.” “He goes hard but not with the intention of hurting anyone.”
“Sunday’s episode was just an incident of the game.”“The referee saw it and he didn’t even call a foul. I don’t wish to enter into the decision made by the Dutch coach. “I hope the referees will continue to evaluate De Jong objectively.”
There’s no doubt that DeJong, much like Sunderland’s Lee Cattermole will be marked men by referees – if only because they keep making these ridiculous, almost suicidal tackles. These supposedly hard men that put their fellow players out of action need to be marked men.
Certainly the tackle may not have been given as a foul, but the Dutch FA didn’t like one little bit what they saw, and dropped the player from the upcoming Dutch squad for the European qualifying games.
Whether Roberto likes it or not, DeJong is now a marked man, and so he should be.
From now on, he will hardly be allowed to get away with other similar tackles – especially if he breaks some other player’s leg – which he’s now done twice this year.
If DeJong is not a dangerous player on the football pitch, we have no idea who is.