News this afternoon that Ben Arfa’s club Marseilles, may sue Manchester City midfielder Nigel DeJong, over the tackle that resulted in a double leg fracture for the 23 year-old, who is on loan at Newcastle United.
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The incident has been in all the papers in Europe over the last week, as viewers of the video see the flying and reckless tackle that resulted in a double fracture of Ben Arfa’s lower left leg, and it was wasn’t even deemed a foul in England.
Jean-Claude Dassier, the outspoken Chairman of Marseilles, has said his club wants some compensation for the injury suffered by Ben Arfa.
This is what Dassier told Telefoot today:
“We will file a complaint against de Jong,” “It’s about getting rid of this type of individual from European grounds.”
“Ben Arfa asked our medical staff to help and we will do everything we can to help him obviously.”
It could be that both Newcastle and Marseilles will work together to ensure Ben Arfa gets the absolute best treatment during his recovery, and he may be able to recuperate on both Tyneside and also in France.
The injury seems to have been a lightning rod to bring people together who want to stamp out the thuggery in football in general, and English football in particular, and we have to think that will be a very good thing.