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.