The news is coming through today that Newcastle United’s Hatem Ben Arfa refused to see Nigel De Jong, while he was in the Manchester Infirmary, after the Dutchman broke his leg last Sunday with a wild tackle.
Nigel DeJong – the man in the dock
It turns out that representatives from Eastlands contacted Ben Arfa’s management team to see if DeJong could visit the player in Manchester, before Ben Arfa returned to Newcastle, which he did yesterday.
It seems the request was turned down, and to their credit, the Manchester City club have sent a gift to the player as he starts the long and painful trek back to full fitness again.
The event happened earlier this week, after DeJong was sent home from the Dutch camp by Netherlands manager Bert van Marwijk, because of the foul, which he called a wild and unnecessary offence.
And the Newcastle club have hardly been too pleased with the incident either, as they have already sent a letter to the English FA requesting them to take action against the former Ajax and Hamburg player.
But of course everybody knows the FA will do absolutely nothing – as per usual.
DeJong had already broken Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden’s leg in a friendly against the USA in March, so it’s not the first time he has broken a player’s leg this year. How many times do you need to do this in a single year before being censored?
It’s a sad case indeed, and no doubt it will give English football a bad name, when a wild foul that breaks a player’s leg in two places -is deemed perfectly fair.
There’s something just not right about that.
12 comments so far
Oct 8, 2010 at 11:00 AMComment #1
I’m not surprised…
It’d be too difficult to kick him in the face with a double leg fracture!
Wait a couple of months then meet him Benny. ;oD
Oct 8, 2010 at 11:10 AMComment #2
why don’t we send over a drunk Joey Barton
Oct 8, 2010 at 11:22 AMComment #3
This refusal says a lot by Ben Arfa. If it had been just a tough tackle things could have been different. As for the ref – I thought his colleagues would close ranks around him. The whole affair smells as far as I am concerned. A principled man is our Ben by this account. Get well – we need you.
Oct 8, 2010 at 11:43 AMComment #4
Guys, this is a lie. De Jong never had any intention of visiting Hatem. Do not believe Daily Mail.
Oct 8, 2010 at 12:16 PMComment #5
“Great” photo of BeGone
Oct 8, 2010 at 3:47 PMComment #6
they did send him a gift a 6 month un wanted holiday
Oct 8, 2010 at 3:50 PMComment #7
I have now plucked up the courage to look at the hd video I have spotted 1 high five I will get the players name and make a complaint about this and also weather there was a conspiracy if Roberto Mancini told them to do Hatem it could escalate into a national scandal, we now have to say that it was not a result of just a heat of the moment rush of blood.
Oct 8, 2010 at 5:07 PMComment #8
didn’t Tomáš Ujfaluši get banned for a late challenge that injured Messi. in the end he was only banned for 2 matches but there had been talks for up to 12 matches. this incident too would have flown under the radar had the injured player not been Lionel Messi.
i too am an England fan but, i would have loved to seen how it turned out had Rooney been injured that way as Jose commented.
Oct 8, 2010 at 6:52 PMComment #9
And this is why…..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUnRbFkB16k&feature=fvwk
Oct 8, 2010 at 6:52 PMComment #10
Oct 9, 2010 at 8:24 AMComment #11
Having read several blogs about HBA and his accident, I find it unacceptable that the team did not go and visit the lad when he was in hospital. What kind of message does that sed out to him??? FFS its just a drive ofer the hills for our players, now that would have really shown some team spirit. Disappointed at what Nolan said about not seeing him, he is the captain, its his bloody job!!!
Oct 9, 2010 at 10:49 AMComment #12
This thug of a footballer only makes these kinds of tackles on players that can turn games funny that! To me he seen it was BA and thought right son have a bit of this, while I don’t think he ever intended to break his leg he def wanted to unsettle him first chance he got, like Carl Henry did on Joey Barton but it seems that our players are fair game to a few fouls before any action is taken. I hope that we get some protection off refs soon you can cope with ruff and tumble stuff but the maiming tactics of some so called hard men is simply dangerous for the leagues best footballers’