Nigel DeJong is yet to even contact Ben Arfa, after last Sunday’s broken leg episode.
Ben Arfa – no contact at all from DeJong – the thug
And today, Ben Arfa’s representative, Simon Stainrod, a former professional footballer himself, has said the news of a few days ago that Ben Arfa refused to see DeJong in the Manchester Infirmary, is just not true.
Stainrod says the only contact from the Manchester City club, was from their football administrator Brian Marwood, who was keen to visit the player himself, but he didn’t because Ben Arfa was under morphine at the time.
But Brian is the only contact they have had at all from the Manchester City club, since last Sunday’s incident.
Ben Arfa is now back in Newcastle in his apartment, as he starts his long recuperation back, following a successful operation on the double fracture of his left lower leg on Monday.
Stainrod told the Shields Gazette today:
“There’s been no contact – de Jong hasn’t been in touch at all,” “Brian Marwood – who is a top-class professional person – sent a note saying everyone at Manchester City wished him a speedy recovery, and a gift, but that’s it.”
“A visit from de Jong was never put to Hatem. Brian wanted to visit, but Ben Arfa was on morphine at the time.” “It’s very difficult to answer that – I can’t speak for Hatem.”
“But the facts of the matter are he (DeJong) hasn’t been in touch, and he hasn’t apologized. Brian Marwood’s been in touch, but not de Jong, who is the one who broke his leg.”
That is really hard to believe, isn’t it?
The former professional footballer Stainrod, who played at QPR, has fully backed the Newcastle United club, who have demanded action from the Football Association. But don’t hold your breath on the English FA doing anything about this – at all. Watch for them to issue a sterile statement in the future that says – nothing.
“I played football professionally for 20 years, and know the difference between a dangerous and malicious tackle, and one that isn’t,””Newcastle United are absolutely right in what they did. I’ve spoken to people in European football who are dumbfounded that he got away with it.”
“I’m also outraged that there are people on TV who have played the game have said it was just a heavy challenge. Tackles like that endanger people’s careers.”
It seems that Ben Arfa has been in contact with former Sunderland and French striker Djibril Cisse, who has broken his leg before, and that took him a full 5 months to return to action. In fact Djibril has suffered two broken legs during his career.
Stainrod continued and said Ben Arfa left hospital as expected on Thursday night:
“He came out of hospital on Thursday night, and he’s back at his flat in Newcastle,””He knows what he’s got to do, and I think it’s helped him that he’s friends with Djibril Cisse. He had the same injury, and it took him five months to be back on the pitch.”
“Hatem’s got to work on it, and nobody knows better than Djibril, as he’s done it twice.” “What will benefit Hatem is the work he’ll do on his upper body, and it’ll give him mental strength.”
“When you don’t have an injury like that, you don’t know what the mental anguish is like. You appreciate what you’ve got. He’ll be back fitter and stronger.”
It’s only common courtesy to call a player when you have just broken his leg, so we are both surprised and a little disgusted that the Dutchman has not even offered his condolences to the young Frenchman.
What DeJong is thinking about by not even contacting Ben Arfa, we just have no idea at all, but it doesn’t sound good.
And the Dutchman will continue to get bad press over his actions since he broke the 23 year-old’s leg, and he will deserve it, and there’s little doubt he will now be marked man in the Premier League.
And don’t forget DeJong also broke American Stu Holden’s leg, in a friendly against the USA in March. We wonder if he ever apologized to Stu for that. Holden of course plays at Bolton Wanderers.