Dutch midfielder talks about THAT tackle.
De Jong told De Volkskrant: “At no time did I see Xabi Alonso because I was focused only on the ball. Actually, when I think back about it, it was not good at all. Of course the referee (Howard Webb) should have shown a red card for the foul. That is obvious.”
The incident left De Jong fearing for his safety.
“I had the feeling that there were people who wanted to harm me,” he said. “I’ve been public enemy number one on many occasions. Honestly, people treated me like a war criminal. It was an unpleasant sensation.” (Soccernet)
To be fair there are probably some low level ‘war criminals’ who have not attempted to mid air stamp an opponent, also it’s a little hard to believe the Man City man did not see Xabi Alonso as he was pretty hard to miss, standing just a foot from De Jong’s outstretched boot. For those of you who have not seen the incident before or those who get some perverse pleasure, like us, out of watching the vicious tackle one more time, see video below.