DeJong Cannot Understand The Criticism – Why Not?


Nigel Dejong of Manchester City is considering retiring from International football after being dropped from the Holland squad,  as punishment for his wild challenge that left Newcastle’s Hatem Ben Arfa’s left leg in pieces.

Ben Arfa – being stretchered off

Holland coach, Bert van Marwijk, told DeJong he was not needed when he arrived at the Dutch camp, the day after he broke Ben Arfa’s leg, with a wild two footed lunge at the French International.

And so it was that De Jong missed the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Sweden and Moldova, but was hardly missed by the strong Dutch side.

The Dutch manager had referred to DeJong’s tackle as “a wild and unnecessary offence” during the 2-1 win over Newcastle 10 days ago,  and it seems like the Eastlands Assasin has taken offense at those comments. The poor thing.

Apparently the 25-year-old feels disillusioned, but  he has not yet made up his mind about whether he wants to return to the national team while Van Marwijk is in charge.

I mean how tough can life be when you get criticized for breaking a player’s leg in two places, with a flying two footed lunge. Life’s just not fair is it?

Well how about DeJong thinking of his victim for just  one moment – who will not play again for at least six months.

And it doesn’t help his image that the player has still not even been in contact with Ben Arfa since the incident , never mind apologizing for breaking the lad’s leg in two places.

Newcastle rightly registered an official complaint with the English Football Association, but the FA said they will continue their policy of doing nothing – about anything – or at least words to that effect. It was one of the usual FA’s benign statements about not being to do anything.

DeJong is described as being surprised and very disappointed about the level of criticism he has garnered over the last 10 days, and particularly in the Netherlands, where his terrible tackle on the very skillful Ben Arfa, has completely dominated the news.

When you see the tackle again, it looks completely reckless, is two footed and meant to hurt the player – because he wanted to send the skillful Ben Arfa  a lesson, after just two minutes of  the game.

That’s what he was doing – and we all know it.

Of course DeJong also broke the leg of the Bolton Wanderers midfielder Stuart Holden in a friendly international in April against the United States and he also tried to break Spanish player Xabi Alonso’s sternum when he sinply kicked the player fully in the chest in the World Cup final.

DeJong is the kind of player fans do not want to see playing the game of football, because he’s just too dangerous to other players, he’s a football thug, and is especially dangerous to players like Newcastle’s Ben Arfa, who have skills galore.

No,  it has to be DeJong who’s the disillusioned one – if  he cannot understand why he’s getting all the criticism.

Maybe he should give Ben Arfa  a call and apologize to him, as a first step in becoming a more compassionate man.

You talk about being self-centered – here’s a man worried about himself and his future International career, and he hasn’t even considered his victim.

DeJong deserves all the adverse criticism he is receiving.



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12 comments so far

  • traceline

    Oct 14, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #1

    this chap is a walking example of the clinical definition of “psychopath”: doesn’t realise that what they’ve done is wrong and wouldn’t care even if they did realise it.

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  • pg200

    Oct 14, 2010 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #2

    Ed, great blog but you need to move away from this vendetta against De Jong.

    It was a bad challenge and its a massive shame for one of the most talented players in our squad to be out for 6 months but lets move on and focus on the players who are fit…Chris Hughton has!

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  • antmanbee

    Oct 14, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #3

    Neanderthal dummy spitter, or how about knuckle-dragging sh*tkicker…not so clinical, yet viable alternative definitions of the same fellow…;0)

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  • Toonmania

    Oct 14, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #4

    De jong should keep his gob shut he makes himself sound even more stupid than we all thought he was

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  • antmanbee

    Oct 14, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #5

    In all seriousness, I agree with Ed…de jong set out to injure Ben Arfa, to catch him at least. The point I think that should be raised is that looking at the tackle, and similar ones, they are not too dis-similar to the two footed challenge, which is a sending off offence.

    So when a tackle is made, going to ground and involving a ‘pincer’ second leg contact, (especially hitting opponent’s standing, weight bearing leg), this should be deemed a two footed challenge. Mandatory sending off…simple.

    Also, while they’re on…do you think the FA can do owt about all the holding that’s going on in the box at corners/free kicks these days ?

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  • Toon XI

    Oct 14, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #6

    The FA’s ambivalence towards the poor tackling, injuries, and holding is incredibly disappointing. What is the point of the FA’s existance if they are not going to manage the game properly? What value do they actually bring to Football? I’ve never seen such weak and spineless individuals. It seems the majority of fans are crying out for the game to be cleaned up yet the FA do absolutely nothing. In fact, it appears that the thugs of the game have more rights in the eyes of the FA than the skilled players. Shocking, really.

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  • Davies

    Oct 14, 2010 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #7

    All the griping in the world won’t change the FA’s decision, or De Jong’s attitude. Move on.

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  • BeeGuy

    Oct 14, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #8

    Ah, the FA reviewers! Now there is a job I’d like. Sit around & do nothing & then claim there is no authority to do anything! Peachy.

    BTW, was not the FA to issue some type of sanction for Wolves yellow card blizzard vs. NUFC? Or, did they decide to subtract out the NUFC yellows to put Wolves in the clear?

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  • Ericles

    Oct 14, 2010 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #9

    No sense of remorse + no insight into how his behaviour affects others + inability to learn from past mistakes = psychopathy! Basically De Jong is a callous thug who uses his position on the pitch to intimidate others cos he is really an inadequate coward. Our very own Tiote proved it in front of everybody. Trouble is another bunch of cowards (the FA) are letting him get away with it.

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  • stestickle

    Oct 14, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #10

    The FA are a complete joke and is full of non football people it,s like a load of hooker,s building a wall they havent a clue. Need more footballing people at the top and not muppets that havent even kicked a ball in anger

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  • Marty-Toon

    Oct 14, 2010 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #11

    ED,
    again it wasn`t a too footed challenge as you say.
    It was a one footed and knee challenge which was over the top but not two footed studs up challenge.
    Didn`t you report here that his representative try to get to speak to Ben Arfa and Ben Arfa didn`t want to meet him?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 15, 2010 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #12

    Because he’s an intellectually challenged moronic thug and I’m not talking about Andy Carroll !!!

    Mind you didn’t Nolan do the same to Anichebe ? and god knows what Bartons list of offences come to !

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