The news is coming through today that Newcastle United’s Hatem Ben Arfa refused to see Nigel De Jong, while he was in the Manchester Infirmary, after the Dutchman broke his leg last Sunday with a wild tackle.
Nigel DeJong – the man in the dock
It turns out that representatives from Eastlands contacted Ben Arfa’s management team to see if DeJong could visit the player in Manchester, before Ben Arfa returned to Newcastle, which he did yesterday.
It seems the request was turned down, and to their credit, the Manchester City club have sent a gift to the player as he starts the long and painful trek back to full fitness again.
The event happened earlier this week, after DeJong was sent home from the Dutch camp by Netherlands manager Bert van Marwijk, because of the foul, which he called a wild and unnecessary offence.
And the Newcastle club have hardly been too pleased with the incident either, as they have already sent a letter to the English FA requesting them to take action against the former Ajax and Hamburg player.
But of course everybody knows the FA will do absolutely nothing – as per usual.
DeJong had already broken Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden’s leg in a friendly against the USA in March, so it’s not the first time he has broken a player’s leg this year. How many times do you need to do this in a single year before being censored?
It’s a sad case indeed, and no doubt it will give English football a bad name, when a wild foul that breaks a player’s leg in two places -is deemed perfectly fair.
There’s something just not right about that.