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.