Ben Arfa’s broken leg has today drawn criticism from a FIFA official, as the inquest into the Frenchman’s horrific injury seems to widen in scope.
Dr. Michael D’Hooghe seen with UEFA Presdient Michel Platini
Indeed today a senior FIFA Executive Committee member, Belgian Michel D’Hooghe, who is also chairman of FIFA’s medical committee, said he knew of players who had intentionally gone out to injure their opponents.
The world football’s governing body FIFA should let everyone know this cannot continue.
D’Hooghe says that the ‘beautiful game’ is being tarnished by “criminal acts” on the football pitch as he told BBC Sport today:
“Some players come on the field… simply to provoke injuries in other persons – to break a career,” “I have two eyes, where I can see what happens – how some acts are really criminal.”
“I have made a compilation of brutality over the last two or three years in the main competitions in the world and it is amazing,”
“On the one hand I am happy that some leaders take responsibility – on the other hand I am very sad that he (Van Marwijk – the Dutch manager) did not do the same at the final of the World Cup.”
That refers to Van Marwijk sending DeJong home on Monday after he arrives at the Dutch training headquarters for their upcoming Euro qualifying games, and of course he is also referring to DeJong’s tackle that hit the chest of Spaniard Xabi Alonso in the World Cup final.
We are pleased that this is now getting some attention, and there has to be some restrictions put on some of the tackles we see, some of which are even said to be within the rules of the game.
If that’s true, then the rules of the game of football need to change, before we end up with too many more players (usually the most skilled ones) being crippled.