Premier League Week 7 Update: De Jong Dropped from Dutch National Team

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.

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Dempsey Beats Robert Green, Again: Yanks In England Weekend Wrap

It wasn’t a slow roller from distance this time, but U.S. attacker Clint Dempsey scored on England goalkeeper Robert Green—again—in the two players’ first meeting since Green’s fateful gaffe at the World Cup this past summer.

In the 32nd minute at Upton Park, the Fulham striker took a pass over the top from Simon Davies and volleyed it past Green from 12 yards to put the Cottagers up 1-0.

The lead would last fewer than 20 minutes, though, as West Ham’s Frederic Piquionne equalized with a header five minutes after the break.

The game ended 1-1, a result that extended Fulham’s road winless skein to 13 months and pushed West Ham back to the bottom of the table.

U.S. striker Eddie Johnson also got the start for Fulham, going 76 minutes and nearly drawing a penalty just moments before Dempsey’s goal.

Jonathan Spector did not dress for West Ham (again).

Leapfrogging Spector and West Ham in the table were Tim Howard and Everton, who picked up a huge 2-0 win at Birmingham. The Toffees’ first victory of the season, it put an end to the Blues’ 13-month home unbeaten streak.

Marcus Hahnemann and Wolves suffered their fourth consecutive defeat, falling 2-0 on the road to Wigan. Wolves played 79 minutes with ten men after captain Karl Henry was shown a straight red for a challenge on Jordi Gomez, who later scored Wigan’s first goal.

Bolton and U.S. midfielder Stuart Holden took a 1-0 lead past the 75th minute in a lively game at West Brom, but couldn’t hold on, as WBA tied it in the 78th on a James Morrison header. Holden started and went the distance.

At White Hart Lane, Tottenham got two goals from recent signing Rafael van der Vaart to upend Aston Villa after the visitors had taken an early lead.

Brad Friedel went the distance between the pipes for Villa and made two saves. Brad Guzan dressed but did not play, while Eric Lichaj did not dress.

After a pre-match protest march at Anfield against Liverpool’s American owners, Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr., the Reds dropped an embarrassing 2-1 decision to promotion side Blackpool.

What did Ian Holloway have to say about it? Glad you asked:

“The boys made me so proud and for that set of supporters [Liverpool’s] to clap us off that is all I wanted—that was what my dream was last night.”

In the biggest game of the weekend, Chelsea got a backheel goal from Didier Drogba and an astounding 30-yard free kick rocket from defender Alex to down Arsenal 2-0 at Stamford Bridge. Click here to watch Alex’s stunner.

Sunderland, which has ties against Arsenal and Liverpool this season, notched another big one, holding Manchester United scoreless at the Stadium of Light.

Manchester City edged Newcastle 2-1 in a physical match that saw Hatem Ben Arfa stretchered off with a possible broken leg after a challenge by … wait for it … Nigel De Jong, the Dutchman who broke Stuart Holden’s leg last March, and Kung-Fu kicked Xabi Alonso in the World Cup Final in July.