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The Football Association will take no action against Nigel de Jong over the tackle that left the Newcastle United winger Hatem Ben Arfa with a broken leg.

 

Ben Arfa was stretchered off following a robust challenge by De Jong in the third minute of yesterday's match at Eastlands, which Manchester City won 2-1. The 23-year-old Frenchman suffered a broken tibia and fibula of his left leg and underwent successful surgery this morning.

 

Because the referee Martin Atkinson admitted he saw the incident at the time and decided not to punish De Jong, the FA cannot pursue the matter. However, the midfielder was today dropped from the Holland squad for their upcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers against Moldova and Sweden.

 

The Holland coach, Bert van Marwijk, said he saw "no alternative" but to remove De Jong, adding: "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."

 

It is not the first time De Jong has come under the microscope for his aggressive play, having caused the Bolton Wanderers and United States midfielder Stuart Holden a fractured right fibula on international duty in March. Then in the World Cup final in July, he was fortunate to escape with a yellow card following a chest-high challenge on Spain's Xabi Alonso

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/oct/04/nigel-de-jong-fa-holland

 

Masch was a hard player but fair. This lad is just a thug.

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didn't think the tackle on ben arfa was that bad to be honest

 

De Jong is a c*** though

 

I'm with you on that - and I only say that because it wasn't his 'tackling' foot that broke the leg. De Jong tackled with this right foot on Ben Arfa's right foot but it was De Jong's left leg that broke Ben Arfa's left leg. I've seen tough leg breaking challenges that resulted in minor damage and innocuous challenges that have done fierce damage - I think this was more than innocuous but really tough to get a leg break from.

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I'm with you on that - and I only say that because it wasn't his 'tackling' foot that broke the leg. De Jong tackled with this right foot on Ben Arfa's right foot but it was De Jong's left leg that broke Ben Arfa's left leg. I've seen tough leg breaking challenges that resulted in minor damage and innocuous challenges that have done fierce damage - I think this was more than innocuous but really tough to get a leg break from.

 

Just watched it again and it's defo the right leg that does the damage.

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De Jong really is up there as one of the nastiest players around. To badly injur another player once is bad enough, but he's done it several times now. His tackle on Stuart Holden earlier this year was pretty awful too...

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Just watched it again and it's defo the right leg that does the damage.

 

Excuse me, let me edit my post after looking again, but the message is the same - just got my rights & lefts mixed up

 

De Jong tackled with this rightleft foot on Ben Arfa's right foot but it was De Jong's leftright leg that broke Ben Arfa's left leg. I've seen tough leg breaking challenges that resulted in minor damage and innocuous challenges that have done fierce damage - I think this was more than innocuous but really tough to get a leg break from.

 

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