FA To Take No Action On DeJong – What A Surprise!


As we just knew they would, the English Football Association have told Newcastle United that no further action will be taken against Manchester City midfielder Nigel DeJong, following the tackle that broke Hatem Ben Arfa’s leg in two places.

Ben Arfa – after DeJong had finished with him

FA Officials have formally replied to Newcastle’s letter that had asked for “appropriate action to be taken against De Jong” and they say their hands are tied, as we fully expected them to say,  and that no retrospective punishment is therefore possible against the Dutch thug.

Phew – that was close.

That’s just as we said they would do – because they’ve hidden behind their own laws for years – and if there’s a more spineless organization than the FA,  we have yet to see it.

A spokesman for the FA told Telegraph Sport tonight:

“We have responded to Newcastle and our position is that we have no jurisdiction to take retrospective action,” “The referee saw the incident, dealt with it at the time and we can not take retrospective action.”

“The basic premise of the laws of the game is that a referee makes a decision and there is no retrospective action permitted. The referee saw the incident, dealt with it at the time and we cannot take retrospective action.”

This is the same organization who chose Steve McClaren as the England manager after Sven Eriksson left, because his selection upset the least number of people, but it was a disastrous pick for the England national team with McClaren never having shown he was ever worthy of becoming England manager.

We said the FA would release some benign statement saying they could do nothing – and that’s exactly what they have done – again showing no courage whatsoever.

There must have been some nervousness among the FA officials when Newcastle announced they wanted the FA to look into the matter – because they may have been forced to actually do something constructive for the good of the game, but once again they’ve been protected by their own rules, and go on their own merry way – doing absolutely nothing good  for the English game.

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45 comments so far

  • MacToon

    Oct 12, 2010 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #1

    Lies from weak people.

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  • Chris F

    Oct 12, 2010 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #2

    the thing is, their own rulebook specifically states that they CAN take retroactive action if they deem the offence worthy due to recklessness, intent or injury suffered.

    from the FAs own bloody rulebook:

    “RULE E3 OF THE ASSOCIATION

    A charge of Misconduct (as defined in and) pursuant to Rule E3 of the Rules of The
    Association may be brought against a Player in relation to an incident, notwithstanding
    that the same incident has been dealt with pursuant to this Memorandum. For example,
    against a player who has been dismissed from the Field of Play for an incident which The
    Association is satisfied was sufficiently serious to warrant an additional sanction, having
    particular (but not exclusive) regard to the following:

    (a) Any applicable Law(s) of the Game or Rules and Regulations or FIFA instructions
    and/or guidelines;
    (b) The nature of the incident, and in particular any intent, recklessness, negligence
    or other state of mind of the Player;
    (c) Where applicable, the level of force used;
    (d) Any injury to any Participant caused by the incident;
    (e) Any other impact on the game in which the incident occurred;
    (f) The prevalence of the type of incident in question in football generally;
    (g) The wider interests of football in applying consistent sanctions.”

    hiding behind this mythical FIFA rule is just total crap, and the FA basically just has no spine.

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  • Mags

    Oct 12, 2010 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #3

    Well said Chris and so true.

    I have texted them offering them this extract of their own handbook asking for an explanation. That will go unacknowledged like the rest I have sent.

    They are cowards and worse, liars. I am disgusted and ashamed these people represent English football.

    If this a a sample of their dealing fairly with matters, the lot of them shouldtender their resignations. They are not fit for purpose.

    I am incandescent with rage at the injustice of it all.

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  • CT

    Oct 12, 2010 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #4

    FA, SWEET FA? SIMPLES. ALL PREM N CHAMPS TEAMS PULL OUT THE CUPS WI IMMEDITIATE EFFECT!!!! TRUST ME, POWER GONE!!!!

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  • MacToon

    Oct 12, 2010 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #5

    No one tried getting intouch with the Beeb and football focus/motd people etc, the will carry alot of strength if they decide to ask the FA about it.

    Like I say, lies from weak people.

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  • john_cena163

    Oct 12, 2010 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #6

    Check out this-www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/sunsport_columnists/3175090/Ian-Wright-If-FA-wont-act-put-Nigel-de-Jong-in-court.html

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  • Mags

    Oct 12, 2010 at 1:32 AM

    Comment #8

    MacToon – I sent this information to the Daily Mail and asked them to investigate.

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  • Mags

    Oct 12, 2010 at 1:37 AM

    Comment #9

    Has anyone heard whether atkinson has been given a game, and if so which league, or has he been stood down?

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  • Brutooon

    Oct 12, 2010 at 2:04 AM

    Comment #10

    The FA didn’t do anything

    The Dutch Federation ban De Jong

    England manage to reach last 16

    Dutch went to the World Cup Final

    Notice the difference?

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  • baro

    Oct 12, 2010 at 3:22 AM

    Comment #11

    Can’t they atleast fire that ref? How the hell did Atkinson or whatever that refs name was not call a foul on De Jong when a players leg is broken???? IS HE BLIND OR WHAT???? THE PLAYER IS DOWN WITH A BROKEN LEG AND THERE IS NO FOUL WHAT SOEVER???? What the FUK is this refs problem. Fire him or something my GOD!

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  • ginkoh

    Oct 12, 2010 at 4:31 AM

    Comment #12

    No surprise at all. To be honest I don’t think they will do anything about this case but if the one who broken the leg is Rooney or Lampard, It will be different.

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  • Thump

    Oct 12, 2010 at 5:02 AM

    Comment #13

    Funny that… They’re saying they can’t take retrospective action against De Jong, yet they happily sent the referee to the Championship for a weekend… Strange, eh?

    How on earth can they punish a referee but not take a second look at their decisions?

    Absolute f***ing disgrace. I hope they hang Atkinson with De Jongs knob and slit that thugs throat with a blunt knife.

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Oct 12, 2010 at 5:41 AM

    Comment #14

    This is,nt really surprising eh, maybe Marseilles will be be able to get something some sort of justice if De Jong is taken to court!

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  • Toonmania

    Oct 12, 2010 at 7:19 AM

    Comment #15

    Surprise surprise, All my life i’ve been brought up to know what is right and wrong but according to the F.A everything i was ever told was wrong because what is right is wrong and what is wrong is right But one thing i did learn when i was growing up is that F.A means F*ck All so they must be right in being wrong

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  • Solaidback

    Oct 12, 2010 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #16

    Well I’ve heard nowt from any of my 10 emails so far, I’m not surprised because we’re yet again dealing with some desk jockey who’s no where near the top of the ladder, just a simpleton who’s job it is to reply to emails that don’t ask too hard a question!!! (No offence intended to anyone who does that for a job btw 🙂 )

    I actually said in one of my emails that if no action is taken, then maybe the FA need to review who’s actually in charge of English football & that they weren’t fit to run our nations sport & that the fans themselves would someday remove their organization from our game & replace it with someone that would take a stand against this sort of incidents!!

    So maybe we should, maybe we should take a stand, start a new organization that will protect our skillful players against these thugs who’re pretending to be footballers & get them out of our sport!!!

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  • Ericles

    Oct 12, 2010 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #17

    This just exposes the FA as spineless, cowardly and shameful. They have the means and rules in place to act.
    Wonder what their response would have been had it been a player from the so called “top” teams? . Hopefully Marseille can get some sort of justice. Are they trying under our legal system of theirs?

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  • munch27

    Oct 12, 2010 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #18

    3 points

    point 1 well said wrighty

    point 2 i say lets march on Ashton Gate

    point 3 HTF can the FA allow Atkinson to ref the arse-brum game this just shows that the SWEETFA have no respect for clubs managers or fans.

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  • Toonboy_84

    Oct 12, 2010 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #19

    Well done Wrighty.

    Has anyone informed The Sun of this FA rule?

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  • munch27

    Oct 12, 2010 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #20

    Mags i hope this answers your question :

    Martin Atkinson will referee Arsenal’s Premier League match against Birmingham on Saturday, less than a month after Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was fined £8,000 and banned from the touchline for one game for an altercation with the official during his side’s draw at Sunderland.
    Full Story: Daily Mail

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  • Penguin PJ

    Oct 12, 2010 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #21

    I have to say I’m not the least surprise by the outcome. Kudos then to Ian Wright for his comments & not making life any easier for the FA.

    Maybe we should do the same but this time, let’s hurt them where they really going to feel it.

    Last week England World Cup 2018 Bid CEO Andy Anson, prematurely promised “A World Cup in England would make a projected profit for Fifa of £161 million from the Local Organising Committee alone”

    England’s official bid book, presented to Fifa by David Beckham last May, detailing what an England World Cup would offer, made the “safe bet” case explicitly, stating: “England is low-risk operationally and commercially. We will deliver Fifa a low-risk tournament.”

    Not too mention an FA that’s low on guts & morals but rich in spineless money worshiping cowards.

    To those who took the time to email the FA, lets re direct our complaint to the said 2018 Bid CEO & FIFA regarding our concerns over the weak & cowardly acts of the English FA.

    The Dutch FA reacts swiftly to De Jong’s rash tackle because it tarnishes an already tainted image of Dutch football during the World Cup final. They didn’t have to react but they did, rightly so & wisely, in the best interest of Dutch football.

    At the same time, the English FA look the other way in while dealing in the interest of British football. Even after FIFA’s medical officer Dr. Michel D’Hooghe calling “criminal acts” on the field are spoiling the beautiful game. What kind of message are they sending out to the rest of the footballing fraternity?

    Lets make this a reminder to the English FA.

    How many bones, careers & dreams need to be broken before they finally kill football?

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  • dave 1961

    Oct 12, 2010 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #22

    I think the first step is to email the club and urge Mike Ashley to take legal action this is the only option open now

    I am going to send this email to the club

    for the attention of mike Ashley

    dear Mike,
    as a fan of Newcastle united for over 36 years.& football in general, I would like to urge you to take action against Nigel de jong for the outrageous assault, that caused the double leg fracture to Hatem Ben Arfa, as you are probably aware the fa’s own rules do allow for them to look at any incident they feel warrants re examination. as you also may be aware that Nigel de jong has a long history of these reckless assaults. we fans are now waiting for your guidance on this matter, and feel you are the only one that can act, and it would be a service to football if you do so, & the most important contribution to Newcastle united football club since saving the club from going bankrupt.
    “RULE E3 OF THE ASSOCIATION
    A charge of Misconduct (as defined in and) pursuant to Rule E3 of the Rules of The
    Association may be brought against a Player in relation to an incident, notwithstanding
    that the same incident has been dealt with pursuant to this Memorandum. For example,
    against a player who has been dismissed from the Field of Play for an incident which The
    Association is satisfied was sufficiently serious to warrant an additional sanction, having
    particular (but not exclusive) regard to the following:
    (a) Any applicable Law(s) of the Game or Rules and Regulations or FIFA instructions
    and/or guidelines;
    (b) The nature of the incident, and in particular any intent, recklessness, negligence
    or other state of mind of the Player;
    (c) Where applicable, the level of force used;
    (d) Any injury to any Participant caused by the incident;
    (e) Any other impact on the game in which the incident occurred;
    (f) The prevalence of the type of incident in question in football generally;
    (g) The wider interests of football in applying consistent sanctions.”

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  • Cockney Magpie

    Oct 12, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #23

    am i the only person who thinks that tackle werent actually that bad more unlucky, i know De Jong is a dirty fucker but this is football this sort of thing happens!

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  • Sav

    Oct 12, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #24

    What about Ben Thatcher (coincidentally while a Man City player) receiving retrospective punishment from the FA who suspended Thatcher for eight matches, with a further fifteen game suspended ban for two years after the Mendes incident? That was on top of a 6 match club ban (2 of which suspended).

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  • dave 1961

    Oct 12, 2010 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #25

    I have already sent complaints to 20 members of fifa including members of 2018 selection delegates but more give a better chance of hitting home, if it had of been Joe Barton he would be I jail now not just banned for a number of games. the fa have never been hindered when he’s involved, even when he had been left the club the incident had taken place at and even when it was 18 months later.

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  • munch27

    Oct 12, 2010 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #26

    I am just about to send this to FIFA and will insert rule 3 can you guys let me know what you think.

    Dear Sirs

    I am writing to FIFA as an angry and disappointed fan of the beautiful game of football , the English Football Association state that it is FIFA’s rules that is stopping them from taking action against Nigel Dejong as the appalling referee saw and did not act on the malicious tackle that broke Hatem Ben Arfa’s leg in two places.

    I am sure that FIFA know the English Football Associations rules so i was hoping that you could explain how FIFA’s rules overrule this one :

    To end this E-mail it saddens me to say this but i would appreciate it if you could pass this on to the World Cup selection committee as i feel that if The English Football Association cannot look after players in it’s own leagues how can they be expected to look after the welfare and safety of 36 teams from around the world.

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  • Darling27

    Oct 12, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #27

    If it was Wayne Roney it would have been a different story.

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  • dave 1961

    Oct 12, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #28

    go on do it

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  • dave 1961

    Oct 12, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #29

    a copy of what i have just sent to my mp

    A spokesman for the FA told Telegraph Sport tonight:
    “We have responded to Newcastle and our position is that we have no jurisdiction to take retrospective action,” “The referee saw the incident, dealt with it at the time and we can not take retrospective action.”
    “The basic premise of the laws of the game is that a referee makes a decision and there is no retrospective action permitted. The referee saw the incident, dealt with it at the time and we cannot take retrospective action.”
    this is an article out of the telegraph and gives the FA reaction over the Nigel de jong incident, the fa are telling blatant lies over this issue and the best way for me to explain why is to give you a copy from the fas own rule book. you will see from this rule, that this incident could have been dealt with by the fa, and as fans of football we deserve at least the truth, as these rules prove that this could have been dealt with by the fa, and for whatever reason they have chosen not to, we want the truth. someone at the FA should be held accountable for telling these blatant lies.

    from the FAs own bloody rulebook:
    “RULE E3 OF THE ASSOCIATION
    A charge of Misconduct (as defined in and) pursuant to Rule E3 of the Rules of The
    Association may be brought against a Player in relation to an incident, notwithstanding
    that the same incident has been dealt with pursuant to this Memorandum. For example,
    against a player who has been dismissed from the Field of Play for an incident which The
    Association is satisfied was sufficiently serious to warrant an additional sanction, having
    particular (but not exclusive) regard to the following:
    (a) Any applicable Law(s) of the Game or Rules and Regulations or FIFA instructions
    and/or guidelines;
    (b) The nature of the incident, and in particular any intent, recklessness, negligence
    or other state of mind of the Player;
    (c) Where applicable, the level of force used;
    (d) Any injury to any Participant caused by the incident;
    (e) Any other impact on the game in which the incident occurred;
    (f) The prevalence of the type of incident in question in football generally;
    (g) The wider interests of football in applying consistent sanctions.”

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  • munch27

    Oct 12, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #30

    Already done dave let’s hope FIFA can show that the FA ARE the lying pieces of crap we all know they are.

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  • Solaidback

    Oct 12, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #31

    Sorry to say after sending god only knows how many emails to different branches of the footballing world, it gets nothing but a manufactured reply from a robot!!!

    The only way to get change is to hit the FA where it hurts most, in the pocket!!!

    That’s easy for me to say living in Cyprus but for those of you living in the UK, you have the choice to support the FA & it’s respect campaign, stop going to England matches, stop buying England merchandise, just write letters of complaint to the FA about their spineless attitude towards team players & write to the Ref’s association complaining about their blinkered way when teams play the likes of the Top 4 or teams with money to buy there way to the top, ie Manc ‘Cheating’ Citey!!!

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  • CT

    Oct 12, 2010 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #32

    Atkinson got ARSE v BRUM this weekend, watch ARSE get every decision after Wenger confronted him after Mackems game and earned a £6k fine!!!!

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  • dave 1961

    Oct 12, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #33

    if you send a complaint to your mp the fa have to tell the truth, it’s part of parliamentary privilege, to tell a blatant lie to your mp is like committing perjury and the penalties can severe, and there response will be from the head of the FA.

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  • Rem

    Oct 12, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #34

    How is doing nothing dealing with the situation, he thought he was faking. clearly he got it wrong

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  • dave 1961

    Oct 12, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #35

    if anyone’s not sure who their mp is post you city & I will find the email address for you, as this will cause maximum embarrassment to the FA

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  • dave 1961

    Oct 12, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #36

    Mark Halsey will referee at St. James’ for the first time since overcoming cancer when Newcastle take on Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

    The Hertfordshire-based official has been appointed to officiate the game against The Latics – which will be the second time he’s taken charge of a Wigan game since his top flight comeback, having also been the man in the middle when they lost to Blackpool on the opening day of the season.

    In August 2009 Halsey was diagnosed as suffering from lymphoma of the glands and underwent surgery to remove a cancerous tumour in his throat, but was able to return to refereeing towards the end of last season and is back on the Barclays Premier League list this term.

    He has yet to show a red card in his six games so far this term, and has shown a relatively modest 13 yellows. Halsey was last at St. James’ in March 2009, when United lost 3-1 to Arsenal, and refereed The Magpies’ 1-0 defeat at Spurs a month later.

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  • dave 1961

    Oct 12, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #37

    the fa think we cant pick fault with halsey because hes had canser, well to the fa we will not find fault if he does his job.

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  • dave 1961

    Oct 12, 2010 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #38

    here’s a post I put in the chronicle can anyone add to it

    suggested new entry in the dictionary
    a MartinAtkinson
    someone or something that’s able to see what they want to. & believe what he does not see.
    a blind man a man sponsored to bring forth results,
    a cheat a man that brings forth result’s that are not happening
    a man who’s mind in on a different planet
    a coward that cant admit he’s wrong
    someone that can’t be trusted
    someone known to fix
    the man who took over from jimmy Savill
    someone caught with fingers in the till
    a thief
    a parasite
    something that get under your skin

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  • Toonboy_84

    Oct 12, 2010 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #39

    @ 37

    Quality!

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  • Penguin PJ

    Oct 12, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #40

    Could those who has sent out emails provide the respective email addresses here if possible for those who wishes to do the same.

    I’m planning to email the Fleet Street boys & every football journalist worth their salt what we know. I’m sure they could smell blood in the water.

    It may or may not change anything but at least my conscience would be clear. I haven’t able to shake that image of Hatem writhing in pain from my mind & I know some of you know what I’m talking about.

    The FA did something very wrong to football in this country imo. They failed to protect the very players that make this league the best & the richest in the world.

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