At the end of the last post, we touched on how Newcastle’s Hatem Ben Arfa suffered a possible absolutely confirmed broken leg after a challenge from accomplished goon Nigel De Jong of Manchester City.
We’re not big on posting gruesome videos, and this one is as gruesome as they come, but we’re going to link to it here (needless to say: not for the squeamish—or, as The Spoiler
said, not for anyone, really), because a) an initial report from the Premier League cited a “suspected” broken leg—a qualification that is laughable if you’ve seen even a screen shot of the video—and b) De Jong was not even carded on the play! (Yes, we’re going with an exclamation point right there.)
What is it with this guy? He puts a boot into the chest of an opponent, in the World Cup final, and escapes with a yellow, and then, just months later, he destroys a man’s leg in a Premier League game and isn’t even booked.
As Bert van Marwijk, coach of the Dutch national team, put it while announcing his decision to drop De Jong from the Netherlands’ next two Euro 2012 qualifiers (hallelujah):
“I’ve seen the pictures back. It was a wild and unnecessary offence. He went in much too hard.
“It is unfortunate, especially since he does not need to do it. The funny thing is that the referee did not even show a yellow card for it. Apparently, there are other standards. But I have a problem with the way Nigel needlessly looks to push the limit. I am going to speak to him.”
After this, the tide has to turn for De Jong in this department. Too late for Ben Arfa, sadly, but … better late than never.