St James’ Park side send strongly worded letter over Dutch international’s leg breaker.
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Newcastle have called on the Football Association to take action against Nigel de Jong over the tackle which saw Hatem Ben Arfa suffer a double leg break.
The Manchester City midfielder left the Magpies men with a broken tibia and fibula following his crunching challenge in the opening moments of Sunday’s Premier League clash at Eastlands.
A club statement said: “Newcastle United have today written a strongly worded letter to the Football Association in relation to the tackle by Manchester City’s Nigel de Jong on Hatem Ben Arfa in Sunday’s Premier League fixture, which resulted in Ben Arfa sustaining a broken tibia and fibula of his left leg.
“The club has asked the FA for the appropriate action to be taken against De Jong for the tackle which, in the club’s, opinion was unnecessary and used excessive force.”
De Jong, who escaped unpunished after a chest-high challenge on Spain’s Xabi Alonso during the World Cup final, has already been axed by Holland boss Bert van Marwijk over the incident. (Sky Sports)
Any hope of Newcastle United’s strongly worded letter having any impact is some what tempered by the fact that as a rule punishment can not be handed out if the referee on the day does not see or act upon the incident. This is of course a stupid rule as it essentially allows two wrongs to occur whilst also heaping yet more responsibility on the officials.
It should be perfectly acceptable for the FA to act retroactively on those instances that seem clear cut offences, such as this one. You have to applaud Bert Van Marwijk for dropping the Man City man over his penchant for inflicting bodily harm and perhaps such action will make the defensive midfielder think twice before attempting an on field autopsy on an opponent.