A Touch Of Class From Nigel de Jong


Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong has asked to meet Newcastle’s Hatem Ben Arfa, when Newcastle travel to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

The sad sad sight of Ben Arfa being stretchered off last year

Ben Arfa of course suffered a double break of his left leg in the same game last year in early October, after a challenge from de  Jong, and it took the Frenchman over nine months to recover from his horrific injury.

We panned de Jong after the game, not only for the challenge, which did not recover a yellow card, but because the news was he had not apologized to Hatem.

Now whether that is true or not we don’t really know, but this is good news that the Dutchman wants to meet with the Frenchman on Saturday, which will probably take place after the game.

Alan Pardew had this to say today:

“The player has contacted him, which I appreciate as the manager of the other team,”

“We have said after the game would be a good time – not before. Hopefully, that will then come to rest.”

“I had a conversation with Ben Arfa about it because I think you could carry some demons when you have an injury like that,”

“But he was absolutely clear to me that he has no problem about going back there, no problem about facing their particular player.”

“What I do know is, a year down the line – and it has taken that long – he is back somewhere near his best, and that’s good news for us.”

In our opinion, Ben Arfa has been little short of  heroic, by the way he has combated his misfortune, and he deserves enormous credit for the courage he showed during the nine months in rehabilitation.

And it seems that De Jong has realized just how bad it must have been for the French youngster, and hopefully when they meet, they can let bygones be bygones, and wish each other the best of luck for the future.

I can relate to the Frenchman’s injury, since when I was 24 years old many moons ago,  I  suffered a double break of the the left fibula and tibia,  and will always remember my lower left leg swinging as I crashed to the ground.

But I didn’t make a living off football, and therefore it was much harder for Ben Arfa, and I was able to press on with my research studies during the recovery time, which was around nine months too.

So we know Ben Arfa is a hero, and hey – wouldn’t it  be just unbelievable if Ben Arfa can score the winner on Saturday for Newcastle. But miracles can happen.

Howay the Lads!!

Howay Ben Arfa!!



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32 comments so far

  • toonthompson

    Nov 17, 2011 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #1

    hopefull he will get a game on saturday

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  • Sholameobi

    Nov 17, 2011 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #2

    Nice to see Delong taking responsibility for his actions

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  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 17, 2011 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #3

    Its far too late for that if he was really sorry he could of met him over the last year he didnt even go to see him hospital

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  • acuna

    Nov 17, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #4

    right i’m gonna go for 1-1 at the weekend. 0-0 at half time newcastle to nick a goal from a corner (S Taylor) after the break and made to withstand constant pressure where they will ultimately be breached.at 5 o’clock we will still be unbeaten.

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  • dawid182

    Nov 17, 2011 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #5

    I used to read somewhere that Jong wanted to see him in the hospital a year ago, but Hatem ignored that.

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  • AP's Black & White Army

    Nov 17, 2011 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #6

    Take his leg off, with a supersonic strike HBA! His severed leg hits the keeper in the snozzle and the ball rips out the net!!!!! The crowd go wild!!!!!!!

    Ho’way!!!!!! 😛

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  • dawid182

    Nov 17, 2011 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #7

    if Jong scores a owngoal Saturday then we gonna forgive to him, but Hatem’s never.

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  • dawid182

    Nov 17, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #8

    an*

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  • kilcline

    Nov 17, 2011 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #9

    Hope De Jong gets his studs stuck in the ground and does his cruciates, lad has form of being a complete thug on the pitch, no room for it in the game.

    If he touches one of our players i will make sure he gets whats coming.

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  • casmag

    Nov 17, 2011 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #10

    Clever Mr.Pardew,very clever.De Jong can speak to Hatem after the game why?Maybe De Jong won’t want to tackle him too hard again and Hatem (and us)can reap the rewards during the match.

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  • joppadoni

    Nov 17, 2011 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #11

    love that photo… i said last year he couldnt havea serious injury as if he had broken his leg at all he wouldnt be waving to the crowd as he was stretchered off… oops bad call ofc.. however in my defence i have to say i believed he was given gas and air rather than heroin…

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  • joppadoni

    Nov 17, 2011 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #12

    lol ap 😀

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  • joppadoni

    Nov 17, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #13

    de jong wanted to see hatem to intimidate him… i think the meeting would have been like this..

    de jong says ‘hay hatem, i wanted you to know that i am going to be luckin at yur shexy ankles all game like i do vwen i got back to ma hom town of amsterdum and see da shexy police man getting of hish bi-shycle..’

    Ben Arfa says ‘fu ck off de thong..’

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  • Toon Tang

    Nov 17, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #14

    hahaha joppadoni , sounds like one of my random deranged outbursts mate. its good to put them in to writing i feel haha

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  • joppadoni

    Nov 17, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #15

    exactly tang 😀 nowt like random hilarity clintonage

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Nov 17, 2011 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #16

    De Jong broke 3 players legs last year ..So that tells me he’s
    Ba stard . I would spit in his eye.. and I’m the forgiving type.

    Fact I was going to break his Jaw when they arrived at St’james’ last year..Evil.

    Brian Kidd is a disgrace in the after match interview

    and I reckon Mancini sent De Jong out to cripple Ben Arfa ,,

    I reported this to CHief constable of Northumbria ..I had witnessed a crime of greivious bodily harm in a place of work (Eastland’s)

    I also reported it to Chief Constable for Lanchishire and Manchester police ..It was delibrate attack on a human Being…totally delibrate ..they wanted to stop him by any means. Mancini had him targeted.

    Football is full of Hypocrites now ..they know they are lying ..they know we know when they are lying ..I had a lot of respect for Brian Kidd as a player and coach, now I just think he’s a Shit*house. Hypocrite.

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Nov 17, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #17

    Great news with Northern Rock takeover eh ?

    Virgin Rock on the shirts could be next move ..

    And How does Virgin St’ James’ Park Sound ?

    And would you like Sir Richard Branson with a personal fortune ..personal…3 times bigger than Ashley.. taking over ..buying Ashley out ? Name on the stadium ..
    Name on the Shirts

    Any takers ?

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  • joppadoni

    Nov 17, 2011 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #18

    i remember someone saying that last year i didnt realise it was you! did you get a reply at all?

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  • joppadoni

    Nov 17, 2011 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #19

    if sports an excuse to avoid criminal proceedings perhaps if your looking to harm someone just use a hockey stick and say you were playing one on one……

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Nov 17, 2011 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #20

    I have been in touch with Sir Richard Branson ,he actually writes back to you in person , Great bloke, I trust him.,
    do you ?

    There is enthusiasim For Newcastle United within the company ..watch out for a famous name change on the shirt next year ..!

    And would you like Virgin to completely take over Newcastle United ?

    Here’s a direct email to Sir Richard Branson ..
    Be respectful and keep it as short as possible.

    corporatedevelopmentteam@virgin.co.uk

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  • ONLINE GUY

    Nov 17, 2011 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #21

    HI Joppa,

    they played ignorant..the police in Manchester once smashed up a crowd of Innocent Newcastle united fans ..govt had a look and done nothing ..IT was big news. In fact there will be some of the victims of the greater Manchester police thugs on here and might tell you the full story ,,they arn’t coppers they are thugs .

    So when I reported the crime on Hatem they swept it under the carpet so to speak.

    Joppa we could not get away with attacking someone maliciously in our place of work ..could we ..?

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  • GeordieToon89

    Nov 17, 2011 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #22

    Online guy – have you been askin richard branson to buy us or sponsor us or just something else?
    How about The Virgin Media Arena

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  • joppadoni

    Nov 17, 2011 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #23

    my mate threw a desk at his boss onlineguy.. ofc he doesnt work there any more and neither does the desk. ha. should have said the desk slipped whilst answering a call with a little too much aggression. i guess. funny aside i agree it with everything you just said. it was malicious and over aggressive, high and it made me sh ite meself the time i watched the replay

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  • jwheelie12

    Nov 17, 2011 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #24

    Bit late the absolute prick, I want to see a 1-0 win Ben Arfa screamer and De Jong to go off on a stretcher with a double leg break

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  • solano

    Nov 17, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #25

    GeordieToon89 @ 22…how about St James’s Park if Branson got it? His businesses are built upon the propagation of the image (whether true or not) of offering the friendly face of modern business which caters for it’s customers needs. He would certainly achieve that by respecting the unique passions that football engenders and respecting the tradition of a blue riband (slight brand pun intended) topflight club.
    Of course, it’s all pipe dreams and piffle…..Sports Direct won’t have any intention of giving up all the free advertising for the cost of Carroll’s left leg, and Branson is too cute to pay over the odds for tarnished business opportunities.

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  • joppadoni

    Nov 17, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #26

    how come you know SD.com dont pay for advert rights solano bar being a negative blogknocker

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  • solano

    Nov 17, 2011 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #27

    eyesonashley.wordpress.com is probably nearer the truth than you, blind posser arselicker 😉

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  • joppadoni

    Nov 17, 2011 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #28

    😛 arse licker? the idea of sh ite and tongue ( in this case typing ) and talking crap is yours solano. you are ruining the good fellas name! whilst i hate your posts though i have to say i like to see ya views. just say something nice about the seats, the concrete that makes the stairs or how barrack road sounds so nice when you drive through the corkscrew at laguna seca.. anything!

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  • JBax97

    Nov 17, 2011 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #29

    Manchester city 2-2 Newcastle
    Aguero ’42
    Ba ’47
    Johnson ’71
    Ben Arfa ’88 (after dispossessing De Jong and running the pitch)

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  • Sav

    Nov 18, 2011 at 2:37 AM

    Comment #30

    Sure, it would be good to see a Sepp Blatter style manly handshake between Benny and De Jong but over the racism comments that little stub is an idiot and a disgrace to his position as head of FIFA. Kick Racism out of Football? They should kick Blatter out of it first.

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  • alanrichie

    Nov 18, 2011 at 3:16 AM

    Comment #31

    Would love Hatem to knock him clean out first chance he gets, even if we lose the game, good on him!

    Either that or big tiote breaking his leg 😀

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Nov 18, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #32

    I had no idea that a lot of the fans on here have
    ( CORLEONE ) for a surname!

    Seriously , are you lads for real or what? I don,t for one moment cordone or support how De Jong plays or some of the downright dangerous challenges he makes!

    But some of the reactions to this artikel on here are way OTT ( Over The Top )!

    Not to be taken seriously at all! Lets just do ourselves all a favour and concentrate on winning the game before you go and asassinate someone outside the ground eh!

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