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Nigel De Jong Breaks Hatem Ben Arfa Leg: Video

Manchester City’s Nigel De Jong committed another horror tackle in the Premier League Sunday. This time against Newcastle United’s Hatem Ben Arfa. The tackle resulted in a broken leg and definitely dashes Newcastle’s chances for the next few months.

What is it about the Premier League where we see so many horrible tackles and broken bones?

And the video clip is a perfect example of David Pleat’s ineptitude. Thinking that Ben Arfa injured his shoulder when you can clearly see in the video that he’s holding his leg. And Pleat rambling on about how early he got up that morning. Sheesh.

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  1. michael armah nii

    December 23, 2010 at 4:00 am


  2. ZZR

    October 12, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    it’s must be nutrition problem, maybe HBA not have proper calcium when he child so his bone is fragile. (why many player have same tackle but few have broken leg, some not even have injury problem)

    but who know it ???

  3. Bec7

    October 11, 2010 at 11:39 pm

    In conclusion this guy must be banned for life. If you’re a football player then you will understand..Theres no reason to break a guys leg in da field or kung fu kick… he himself must be a F00ker in the 1st place to do that. Its like those rascals in the school old days that cant get the ball, so they get you instead…

  4. Cadbury

    October 8, 2010 at 1:58 am

    that thug never want to admit that he was wrong and guilty for the hard insane tackle he did to other player.

  5. manu

    October 7, 2010 at 7:40 am

    k, let me round this up/ De Jong is an angel. , and all epl fans completely follow and believe the decisions taken by the referee on the field is absolutely correct/// typical english , its not just the problem of players playing in epl that has a tendency to harm fellow mates but the whole english FANS does have that sort of approach, don’t forget the Heysel disaster// i suggest some one should step up to break de jongs legs, just for the sake of all fair playing professional footballers, who knows how to win ball back without breaking bones

  6. josh

    October 6, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    So if it was a fair tackle how come he has a broken leg in two places. Normally if it is a fair tackle its been a tackle where the foot area is, but he has broke his fibula and tibia therefore he must have been tackled up higher the leg area, so how can it be a fair tackle then?

    • Why?

      October 6, 2010 at 8:58 pm

      Because football is a contact sport son and these thing happen in all contact sports (how is it you don’t know that?)they even happen when jumping and landing funny or just running shoulder to shoulder. I should know I had my ligaments torn and had a stress fracture in my ankle as I went for a clearing header in a game back in the day, maybe I should have blamed the attacker as I got a nudge from him. Should he have been booked or sent off for something that happens about 6 times in every single corner as players come together? Yes it must have been his fault, your right, you get the torches and I’ll get the pitch forks.
      Ben Arfa has a double fracture just above the ankle.

  7. andy p

    October 6, 2010 at 9:35 am

    I guess the thing to do is to look at the FIFA rules on what constitutes a foul. I think you will find that any tackle (whether you get the ball or not) I quote the FIFA rules on serious foul play for all you uneducated football fans:
    Serious foul play
    A player is guilty of serious foul play if he uses excessive force or brutality
    against an opponent when challenging for the ball when it is in play.
    A tackle that endangers the safety of an opponent must be sanctioned as
    serious foul play.
    Any player who lunges at an opponent in challenging for the ball from the
    front, from the side or from behind using one or both legs, with excessive force
    and endangering the safety of an opponent is guilty of serious foul play.

    (the mere fact that that tackle endangered the safety of ben arfa, means under the rules, it is a serious foul). Although, the EPL are too ignorant and stupid to look at the rules…

  8. Frank

    October 6, 2010 at 6:34 am

    Frankly I find it funny that people are condoning his challenge because he “got to the ball first”. Does this mean that if you punch someone in the face it wouldn’t be a free kick providing you got to the ball first?

    The fact of the matter is De Jong knew exactly what he was doing, he set about to hurt Ben Arfa, to “let him know he was there” the challenge was completely unnecessary and although I do believe that a broken leg was not his intent he clearly intended to hurt Ben Arfa and didn’t really care how badly he was hurt so long as he was quiet for the rest of the game.

    People may point to Kevin Nolan’s tackle on Victor Anichebe and call Newcastle fans hypocritical. The fact of the matter is, that was a horror tackle made by an extremely unfit player, who to his credit admitted his wrong doing and apologised to the player, the team and the manager. I haven’t even heard a whisper of any regret from De Jong. He is a thug, end of.

    • Why?

      October 6, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      Surely it would be hand ball regarding the punch? (what your on about here I haven’t a clue though) your talking utter tripe that makes no sense. What does it take? De Jong made tackle that was FAIR unfortunately a player was injured. A tackle that was sliding in with ONE foot. In this FAIR tackle he wins the BALL it is a major Problem if he doesn’t but he DOES unluckily he catches the player with the trailing leg which was grounded at the split second it was caught. So the problem is the trailing leg should he hack it off for the next game? what is he supposed to do with it? He DID keep it behind his tackling leg until the tackle was made which is all he could and should do.

      ‘he set about to hurt Ben Arfa, to “let him know he was there”’

      What are you on about? He set about to hurt the player. You really are a BITTER and TWISTED person aren‘t you
      . Of course he wanted to let him know he was there as do most players in contact sports all around the world, but to hurt him, your warped in the head MATE these are professionals and friends of the field mostly they are not contract killers. I’ll state again it is a contact sport it cannot be a none contact sport, you cannot say no tackling in a game. I’ll tell you why because no one would bother with it. People on this site seem to think that it is a none contact sport and that the contact has suddenly got worse over time. I’ve got news for Y’all it’s a lot less none contact than it used to be!!!

      ‘I haven’t even heard a whisper of any regret from De Jong. He is a thug, end of.’

      Absolute crap as he spoke to Ben Arfa as he was going off, you also have no idea what other conversations have taken place so why try to make up these little attacks? Kinda makes you look BITTER again.

      If you cannot see the difference between the tackle by Nolan on Anichebe you are a total clown. Check it for yourself. Nolan not only use’s his leading with studs showing he also ends up putting his full weight and the other foot on Anichebe’s leg while flying in. He misses the ball by half a century, he basically does a very bad illegal tackle. Did he mean to hurt the player though? NO! He simply is not as good a tackler as De Jong. He late and coming in too fast as the English game is by far the fastest and the most competitive in the world these thing will happen.

      Still can’t see the difference between tackles Frank? No I thought not.

  9. Nigel_is_a_sick_bastard

    October 6, 2010 at 1:48 am

    Your Manchester City fans are all sick. Sadistic and physcotic, thrilled with thoughts of torture and not football. You think breaking legs is a fair challenge. Manchester City is definitely the sickest club in the whole EPL now. Trying to spend millions to buy players hoping you can buy trophies. That’s why you include thugs like Nigel De Jong to intimidate other teams. Fans of all other clubs now despises your stupid club. I wish you guys don’t win any trophies for the next 100 years.

    • Luke

      October 6, 2010 at 12:03 pm

      Shut up you massive tosser. MCFC <3!!! it was a fantastic challenge, grow up and realise that man city are now the biggest force in england. Time to kick on and prove all these tossers wrong blues.
      Breaking legs in the hot sun
      ben arfa fought de jong and de jong won
      ben arfa fought de jong and de jong won
      he looked for cover he had none
      ben arfa fought de jong and de jong won

      • john r

        October 6, 2010 at 12:20 pm

        regardless of your team affiliation, why are you endlessly advocating breaking players’ legs? Even if its a joke, its really not funny. Besides, you screwed up the rhythm in this post as opposed to your earlier one.

        Also, Man city is not the biggest force in england. You have to win something first to become the biggest force. Sure, Man City may win a cup or the league very soon, but they havent yet.

  10. Jeff

    October 5, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    This is definitely a malicious tackle. It is ture he won the ball and caught him with his trailing leg. However, he wons the ball does not mean he can use the trailing leg to delibrately hurt the other player. It was totally unnecessary force and he knew what he could do. Here is a link of his tackles:–video.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

    • Craig Booth

      October 5, 2010 at 4:22 pm

      That’s a laugh the one against Japan wasn’t even a foul and the one by Sneijder was 100 times worse, but we don’t mention that do we?

    • Why?

      October 5, 2010 at 5:43 pm

      Jeff here’s another tackle from the same game Tevez was fouled with NO attempt to play the ball what so ever, with HIGH feet, TWO footed, FLYING in OVER the ball, STUDS on both feet showing and the SCISSOR motion every body here seems to go on about.,,10278~9096581,00.jpg

      Now Jeff the difference is clear to me but probably not to you me thinks, this tackle is illegal on at least 4, yes Jeff 4 different infringements, why no uproar you may ask? I’ll tell you why Jeff simply because Coloccini did not cause injury, and how did he not cause injury Jeff? I’ll tell you LUCK Jeff, LUCK nothing more nothing less in a tackle that was much, much worse than De Jong’s. Hopefully this will put things into perspective for a few bitter City haters on here but I doubt it I really do.

      • Pablo

        October 6, 2010 at 3:45 am

        What a lame attempt at justification. It’s like saying that because someone got away with murder, it’s ok for someone else to commit it.

      • Frank

        October 6, 2010 at 6:41 am

        Try watching the game rather than just looking at the pictures mate. De Jong’s was a reckless tackle with excessive which didn’t need to be made. The one you’re pointing out with Coloccini was a despering lunge with little to no force behind it, the fact that Tevez went down was because he was tripped rather than steam-rollered. AND said tackle from Coloccini was punished yet De Jong’s wasn’t. Poor argument really.

        • Why?

          October 6, 2010 at 1:56 pm

          Frank, mate, this may surprise you but I was at the match in block 142 row Z seat 1155 in the family stand with my youngest (City fans welcome to say hello as its a season ticket) this seat is close to the incident,but I didn’t even notice it just like the rest of the crowd! I have also have seen the replay from three different angles in slow motion and still only see a fair tackle. In fact I only noticed anything a split second after the tackle when Milner was fouled and City got a free kick.
          By the way I never said I was bothered by the Colocini lung which Ill tell you now there WAS a lot of force behind. Tevez only got up because he could ands 99 out of a 100 would (was he lucky?) So much force the Ref pulled back the play to book him (yellow card) these tackles happen many times and are only highlighted when someone is hurt similar to the Shawcross’s/Ramsey tackle which was high, studs showing and over the ball, but I don’t think Shawcross meant to break a players leg or even hurt him, the guy is young and learning his trade, never the less it was a bad tackle the problem being he used a tackle that is deemed illegal, De Jong DID NOT, Colnccini used an illegal tackle De Jong DID NOT (ARE YOU GETTING IT?). The difference is that it’s De Jong (he kicked Alonso don’t ya know), if it would have been say Barry there would be no problem what so ever as it was a CLEAN tackle just an unfortunate incident where some one got injured. If Colocini broke Tevez’s leg people would say bad tackle but there would be NO WITCH hunt on the level that De Jong has had to face.

          P.S I don’t think this is a poor argument for one minute, MATE.

          • Up the Chels!

            October 6, 2010 at 3:18 pm

            But that’s the thing. It ISN’T a fair tackle. The tackle endangered the safety of Ben Arfa. De Jong’s trailing leg swept Ben Arfa’s standing leg, thus risking injury to Ben Arfa. Because the ref missed it does not mean that it was a fair tackle.

          • Why?

            October 6, 2010 at 5:37 pm

            My god this is nuts, De Jong put his trailing leg back exactly how your supposed to and are taught to tackle when you go to ground, granted it caught the non leading leg of Ben Arfa which was also moving and differently placed then when he went into the tackle it is unlucky the lad was hurt. It is NOT I repeat yet again serous foul play otherwise you would have 50 players a week sent off as they all put the trailing leg back, it is at this point of the split tenth of second connection is made. When Ben Arfa is going over both feet off the ground De jong straightens his leg. He didn’t lung at the player. he lunged at the ball and got it before Ben Arfa did. Tell me what he can do with his trailing leg? Most pros agree with this. It’s only the media hungry trash like Graham Poll etc who don’t as it keeps them in the lime light they so love. Remember the Ref nor Liner have said they have seen anything the hadn’t originally otherwise he would get it if it was a you are trying to make out Serious foul play.

          • Up the Chels!

            October 6, 2010 at 5:58 pm

            Go watch a video of the tackle again. 1) His leg was NOT tucked when De Jong collided with Ben Arfa. 2) De Jong was NOT on the ground when he came flying through, he was on the way down, which is also dangerous play. 3)Who cares if he got the ball first. Where in the rules does that make a bad tackle OK? 4) It’s obvious that you are seriously biased on this topic and can’t see it rationally nor objectively. 5) If the ref misses something, does that make it OK? If that was the case then what is the point of reviewing anything after the game, which is done in EVERY major footie playing nation in the world, and includes FIFA reviewing things after the fact. Did the ref missing Henry’s handball against Ireland make it acceptable that he did that? No, it just means that he got away with it.


          • Why?

            October 6, 2010 at 8:29 pm

            Funny that because his trailing leg is clearly behind him at the point of contact do you want him to super/crazy glue it to his back? Do you think he should be sat on the ground to make this tackle? his leading foot is low that’s what makes it a fair tackle and does not for 1 second touch the player. Pause the vid at the start of 0.17 it shows Ben’s left foot off the ground, now remember that your watching in slow motion (which makes it look easier to change motions unlike full speed)a full tackle took less than a second, in that time any slight different movement to Ben’s leg or De Jong’s means his leg isn’t broke and no one would ever mention this nothing of tackle, it would fade into the other 15-20 just like it in this game or any other for that mater, he was just plain unlucky. Now move on to 0.18 in this the contact is made De Jong’s foot’s shown clearing the ball low and legal, his trail foot is also seen in the b of the sign behind them meaning that unless he has a spare fake leg his foot is behind him. On to the start of 0.19 de jongs upper shin can be seen on Ben’s leg meaning his leg must still be behind him. Near the end of 0.19 Ben is going over and is clearly off the floor as De Jong starts to straighten his leg. He doesn’t fly through the air like u try to make out either.
            The Ref was asked did he see the tackle by the F.A who have looked at the incident he said yes and didn’t see any reason to act, funny the Linesman said the same so where your getting he ‘missed’ something I don’t know. Hey guess what the F.A said, no problem god they are so bias to City aren’t they or maybe every one in the EPL are idiots and you know much better. Did any of the commentators (two different stations) miss it to, as they were of the same opinion as the Ref (solid tackle but fair) as well as all of the ex players on MOTD2 all these people had a better view than you, and guess what they said that’s right you guessed it, a hard but FAIR tackle, are they all bias also? do they all love City? Or are you tinted with bitterness regarding another tackle (no cards given) against the American player Holden? maybe you just hate City? Whatever it is I’ll tell you now this witch hunt has turned into a man hunt it’s gone way, way over the top.

  11. Pablo

    October 5, 2010 at 11:40 am

    NOWHERE IN THE FIFA RULE BOOK, DOES IT SAY THAT GETTING THE BALL FIRST MAKES A TACKLE OK. Why all you idiots think that it is beyond me. Try reading. The section on tackling is only 2 pages.

    • Luke

      October 5, 2010 at 1:18 pm

      shut up

      • Why?

        October 5, 2010 at 2:02 pm

        Pablo the Ref’s hand book says a reckless tackle is a sending off NOT just a foul, what the idiots (as you like to say) seem to forget is that the tackle DID NOT even warrant a FOUL let alone a card in the opinion of not only the well placed Ref but also so the well placed with a clear view Linesman, are these both cheating? don’t they know the rules? Can they not spot a foul between themselves? It is unfortunately a player was hurt but the same FAIR tackle will be used 30 times in the next prem weekend in fact this tackle will probably be used 10,000 time before another UNLUCKY incident like this happens again in fact many, many more will get injured by just landing funny before this happens again. It happened in this game 4 or 5 time a tackling defensive midfielder uses this as did Barton in the same game. Football is a contact sport and in any sport contact or not there are injuries. Now get a grip people please.

        • Pablo

          October 6, 2010 at 3:41 am

          No one ever breaks two bones in their leg from landing funny. There is a reason that this only goes unpunished by English refs and the English FA. Just like Howard Webb in the World Cup final. The English have no idea how to protect talent. I can’t wait until this happens to Rooney or Gerard. I remember the furor when Beckham had his metatarsal broken before the 2006 World Cup. Everyone wanted a lynching. The narrow minded, xenophobic opinions of English football fans are mocked around the world. But hey, he’s not that kind of guy.

          • Why?

            October 6, 2010 at 4:27 am

            ‘No one ever breaks two bones in their leg from landing funny.’
            Really Pablo, well here’s a clip to prove you wrong yet again.


            There a many more cases for your information.

            It seems that football may not be your game eh? I also love the way you label ‘English football fans’ as ‘narrow minded’ and ‘xenophobic’ this in itself is surely bordering on racism, never mind xenophobia from yourself? It also says a lot about you when you can’t wait for players to get injured. I guess you ARE that kind of guy Pablo!

  12. Db

    October 5, 2010 at 7:48 am

    Exactly. Yes he won the ball but his trailing leg was NOT tucked, he swept through. One leg in front with the back leg sweeping on a slide is about as good a way to break someones leg as can be done without tools. He didn’t lose his spot on the national team for being too timid or for a history of fair play.

  13. Jay

    October 4, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    I don’t see why people keep going on about De Jong winning the ball. It doesn’t matter one bit if you win the ball cleanly or not. What matters is if the challenge is reckless. The Laws of the Game say that “a tackle that endangers the safety of an opponent must be sanctioned as serious foul play.” De Jong’s tackle was dangerous whether he meant it to be or not and whether he won the ball or not. His trailing leg trapped Ben Arfa’s leg, thus it was dangerous to Ben Arfa’s safety. Should have been at a minimum a yellow card.

  14. Craig Booth

    October 4, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    That’ll be the same Dutch coach who sent his team out to kick anything that moved then would it!!! Prat!

  15. Craig Booth

    October 4, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    That’s funny because I can remember Vinnie Jones getting booked after 5 seconds at Maine road for carting someone 20 foot in the air!! But don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story!!

  16. Bob

    October 4, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Nice to see the Dutch national side boss has dumped De Jong and will be having a word with him. De Jong may have got the ball in the tackle, but why in the FOURTH minute of a game is a player diving in like that? You didn’t even see that sort of shit from Roy Keane, Patrick Viera or Vinnie Jones ffs!

    • Why?

      October 5, 2010 at 1:39 pm

      I take it you didn’t see any of the players you have mentioned play:

      Here are some there tackles all high and 50 time as bad as De Jong’s but where was the hysterics that now surround De Jong over a tackle that was low won the ball but unfortunately hurt a player with a trailing leg, may I also add there was no intent at all.
      De Jong will hang because of ‘the’ tackle in the World cup and for no other reason. Those below went out to ‘damage’ the opposition in there own words but never ended up in the circus that De Jong now finds himself.

      Nice guy

      Or try this

      This last pearl from Keane was meant to injure in his own words and he finish the players career to no media storm what so ever even when he said he wanted to injure! Guess you missed them eh? Oh and there’s plenty more where they came from.

      Can’t be bothered with any more but I’m sure there is enough there to prove your totally wrong.
      I will REPEAT this, all of the people I am now going to mention thought the De Jong tackle to be fair, the Ref, the Linesman (both had excellent views), David Pleat on fox? (this guy hates city!!), All the pundits on Match of The Day, The Newcastle assistant Manager, even the Manager didn’t sound like anyone here, Nicky Butt (Newcastle player), Kevin Kegan ESPN presenter and Newcastle legend! all the Newcastle fans in the Stadium the list go’s on and on. The problem for De Jong is there are many who just love to have a go at City soly though envy alone, granted the Dutch Manager has stuck the Knife in as apparently his rough them up tactics of the world cup final have made him look the two face get he obviously is but at the end of the day he sent his team out to be aggressive NOT De Jong.
      Now with a tackle that most see as not a bad one he decides to act, well I’d think De Jong’s fellow team mates will be watching the Bosses behaviour and thinking this guy will stab us in the back the minute it’s turned, he just doesn‘t have our backs, as it mainly the flack from his announcement which is the problem here. What are odds he will be sacked in the next couple of years?

      • Craig Booth

        October 5, 2010 at 4:27 pm

        Why? You truly are a star!! What a fantastic post!!!

  17. JJ

    October 4, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    For all the man city fans out here saying it was ‘fair, no malice’…. what would be your reaction if it was Barton breaking the leg of Tevez with a ‘fair, no malice’ tackle?? The thug that is Dejong has ruined the careers (hopefully temporarily) of two promising players cos of overzealous ‘tackling’!! Seems you guys know better than someone who manages the Dutch team!! Atleast he had the guts to throw this thug out of the team!!

    • Luke

      October 4, 2010 at 1:20 pm

      Grow up and realise this was a fair tackle, stop being bitter fans jealous of city and our top notch players. Karl Henry broke zamora’s leg and steven whittaker broke valencia’s we don’t see anyone going on about that…

      • John R

        October 4, 2010 at 3:35 pm

        you dont see people going on about Henry? I am pretty sure that Henry has deservedly been blasted on this site for his tackling technique. And if not here, he has been on other places. and Valencia’s leg break? TOTALLY DIFFERENT. Seriously, comparing De Jong and Henry to the Whittaker is really misguided.

        Yea, there are some people who say de Jong made a poor challenge and others who say it is fair. Its probably not a clear answer either way. But when you are reckless with your tackles (reckless is being polite) throughout your career, people will naturally think a “too close to call” tackle is an unfair tackle.


    October 4, 2010 at 8:24 am

    I didn’t see the tackle but i am not suprised. Any time i see De Young he reminds me of a wrestler. Brian Kid said that he isn’t that type of player, is he kidding? World cup finals, remember? He could have easily killed a Alonso. If he had done that in the street he would be in jail now.
    Tackle is an act when it has been timed to perfection and you clear the whole ball with mininmal contact with the opponent. What you see in the PL is players hacking fellow professionals down and hoping in the proccess they touched the ball. Trailing- leg can cause seriuous damage just as the tackling-leg. Players like Karl Henry and De Young represents everything bad about the PL. I hope the FA should look into this and fine or ban players that pepetuate this blatant act of violence in the name of tackle. They are endangering fellow professionals life and career and it shouldn’t be allowed to carry on.

  19. cameron

    October 4, 2010 at 6:00 am

    If he didn’t intend to do it, he’s obviously just an idiot. When you come straight at a player at full speed, and jump studs up at the ball, your’e going to break legs. Yes he got the ball, but that doesn’t matter.

    Nice technique:

    • Luke

      October 4, 2010 at 1:29 pm

      1. wasn’t studs up clearly
      2. it was a totally fair challenge
      3. it is a contact sport
      4. what an absolute tosser you are

      • josh

        October 6, 2010 at 7:27 pm

        1. cause his studs were bloody up, you blind or something luke?
        2. totally fair challenge infact that fair it broke his leg..was it shite fair he came at speed
        3.yeh its a contact sport i agree with that but we cant all go around braking everyones legs
        4. your just a tosser too

  20. Marky Mark

    October 4, 2010 at 6:00 am

    I think the problem lies with foreign players mistaking the “Hard” english game for “dirty”. Many so-called hard men of european football aren’t hard they just intentionally try to hurt players….which isn’t on in anyones book.

    Luke, if you honestly think this was a fair tackle then I hope tevez get’s an equally fair tackle in the next few games and see how you change your tune then. Besides, the tackle itself wasn’t the problem, it was when he intentionally put his knee in to catch ben Arfa. City fans are getting worse by the day – blind to facts and living in a dream world that somehoe having loads of money means they are a super-club.

    • Luke

      October 4, 2010 at 1:18 pm

      Be serious, it was clearly a fair challenge, he won the ball, he didn’t leave the floor, studs weren’t showing and it was pouring down making the follow through of the tackle worse. Tevez is a real man, a fair tackle wouldn’t break his leg. Lets face it, if this was a player from a team other than city, a big deal wouldn’t be made out of it. Karl Henry makes tackles a million times worse every week as does paul scholes, john obi mikel, hendry thomas, tom huddlestone but as everyone is jealous of city realising that de jong is the best holding midfielder in the world, everyone wants him banned to give themselves a chance.

      • john r

        October 4, 2010 at 3:54 pm

        “Tevez is a real man, a fair tackle wouldn’t break his leg”‘

        so wait, are you blaming HBA on having his leg broken?

        and its not at all because De Jong is a Man City player. Its ALL because De Jong is a reckless player. If he was on Stoke, people would be upset about this too. De Jong got a ton of backlash for his challenge on Xabi Alonso in the WC, but he wasnt wearing a Man City shirt at the time was he? No.

  21. Luke

    October 4, 2010 at 5:55 am

    i love de jong. yes i am a blue and this was a totally fair challenge!


  22. EPL Highlights Video

    October 4, 2010 at 4:39 am

    The injury seems to be very bad.

  23. Casey G.

    October 4, 2010 at 3:42 am

    the De Jong tackle on Ben Arfa is childsplay compared to the tackle Carl Henry put on Jordi Gomez from Wigan v Wolves match on saturday, now that was absolutely horrific and gets worse everytime you see it, i was just shocked by that but luckily Gomez wasn’t injured, so in context the De Jong tackle was a fair one.

  24. Craig Booth

    October 4, 2010 at 2:27 am

    Funny how MOTD2 said it was just one of those things and didn’t think the tackle was particularly bad – and they are as anti-City as you can get!! If Ben Arfa had not got injured no one would have even mentioned the tackle!
    Just because a player breaks his leg does not mean the tackle was bad! A bad tackle is a bad tackle even if the other player gets straight up!!
    People only have a problem because of his tackle in world cup final! But you name me one player who hasn’t made a late tackle? Doesn’t mean they are dirty or doing it deliberately!! His trailing leg never left the floor he won the ball, but unfortunately Ben Arfa got caught with his trailing leg – it happens! It’s one of the reasons they are paid millions a year to play the game!
    Do we all want tackling outlawed completely so we get games at 20 all because no one can tackle? Let’s have no defenders then and all play a 0-0-10 formation! That’ll be good!!!!!!!

    • Chris

      October 9, 2010 at 10:18 pm

      @ Craig Booth

      There’s no need at all to ban tackling. There’s an art of tackling, if you had not noticed. Just learn from Nesta, Cannavaro, King, Woodgate, Metzelder just to name a few. Do you think they are well-known to be good defenders for nothing? Not only they are good defenders, they are also clean defenders. If they can tackle cleanly, why can’t De Jong or any other player?

      People have nothing at all against Manchester City. They only hate De Jong because he is a dirty player, who thinks he can keep injuring other player because he can get away with it. He clearly knew what he wants to do during games, setting his stall to intimidate other player with dangerous tackle. Do you really think it’s purely coincidence that De Jong has broken the leg of two players in as many month? He’s not even apologize for his bad tackles or feel guilty about it.

      And don’t give me that crap that a lot of people are only targeting De Jong. I can assure you that any other player regardless of nationality, team, penis size or whatever, will be vilified if they make these kind of stupid, malicious and dangerous tackles.

      If anybody condone these kind of dangerous play, that shows what kind of human are you, i’m not even sure if you are human, shame on you, De Jong.

      • Craig Booth

        October 10, 2010 at 3:27 am

        So you are telling me that none of those players you mentioned have never mistimed a tackle? I am sure I can certainly remember Woodgate mistiming a tackle or two in his time, it happens. Just like you could walk down the street, step off the pavement and rip your achilles!! Just because Woodgate may not have broken someone’s leg doesn’t mean that he hasn’t made a dirty or late tackle, it just means he’s been lucky!
        And as for your other point why is it that Karl Henry has not had as much flak as De Jong and he’s done three bad tackles THIS SEASON!! Also Essien did a worse tackle against Arsenal, but no one’s even mentioned it!!! So to say there isn’t a vendetta against De Jong or Man City is just blatantly wrong!!!
        Plus the silence from the FA just proves that De Jong’s tackle was legitimate because, believe me, if they thought it was even 1% wrong they would have thrown the book at him as they can’t wait to punish anything Man City players do!!!

  25. Paul

    October 3, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    It may not have been a red card by the rules of the game…
    There may not have been intent…

    Shawcross didn’t intend to hurt Ramsey.
    De Jong didn’t intend to hurt Holden.
    Broadfoot didn’t intend to hurt Valencia.
    Henry didn’t intend to hurt Zamora.
    De Jong didn’t intend to Hurt Ben Arfa.

    But when we see this pattern over the past 12 months it may be time to revisit the rulebook or interpret rule differently. With players throwing so much weight into tackles it doesn’t take a lot to end a season or a career.

  26. Why?

    October 3, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    I’m a City fan granted, but the tackles against both Holden and Ben Arfa were not bad at all. Some people are totally over reacting here, don’t get me wrong these were horrible incidents as players were injured but these things happen in football, there was NO intent at all. The tackle against Holden was not with a high foot, studs showing or over the ball tackle (unlike like Shawcross’s against the Arsenal player and others.) Maybe De Jong should have cried! this might have made it alright with some people even though there was no follow through, high tackle or over zealousness . Not one English pundit has put blame on De Jong and he defiantly didn’t cry. His tackle against Ben Arfa was with the top of the foot and low which he won the ball there were no studs showing, it was not high or over the ball. I think the majority of Newcastle fans feel the same. I understand the feelings for these players and wish them a speedy recovery but as with Holden this was also a low tackle with top of the foot. Fair enough De Jong’s foul against Alonso in the World Cup was very bad and he’s gonna get this regarding every tackle he makes because of this but NO football body in the World will say the ref was wrong in these two incidents as they simply were not, a yellow was issued against him for the Holden tackle and not a red I even feel that this was only a reaction to the aftermath. De Jong is a solid player whom I think is in the top 2 players in the world in his position a total 100%er who is nearly 26 and has had years in top class football with no problems.

  27. rat

    October 3, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    It was a 50-50 challenge where he got the ball. De Jong is a fan favourite at city because of his 100% work rate and commitment to the cause. The man is complete class, one of the best CDM’s in the prem.
    I think you Newcastle fans should be more angry at the penalty decitions which were quite biased and unlucky for you. You played some good football but in the end we get the three points, (like brain Kidd said you have to win ugly) .

    • fuck de jong

      October 5, 2010 at 4:03 pm

      de jong has nothing on essien

      • Luke

        October 5, 2010 at 5:10 pm

        sure looked that way when de jong bossed the chelsea midfield…

  28. tommy

    October 3, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Does anybody remember the bludgeoning tackle that Man City’s Nigel de Jong laid on Bolton’s Stuart Holden that broke the American’s leg in March?

    “As soon as the game was over, I got hold of de Jong and I told him … he really must get this out of his system,” said Bert van Marwijk, the coach of the Dutch national team. “A foul like the one Nigel committed on Holden can cost us the World Cup.”

    • Why?

      October 5, 2010 at 8:19 pm

      Shows what an idiot Bert van Marwijk is then dosen’t it. As it was HIS over the top tactics that cost them the World Cup and not De Jong’s foul which I think was also uncarded and rightly so. Not that anyone had them to win it anyway, well not anyone with sence.

      • John R

        October 5, 2010 at 9:32 pm

        the foul in the WC was a yellow card, and should have been red. How can you say it shouldnt have even been carded?

        • why?

          October 5, 2010 at 9:49 pm

          I ment the one against Holden.

          • John R

            October 5, 2010 at 9:53 pm

            ah, gotcha.

  29. Bobbymancsnoyanks

    October 3, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Really it was a a fair tackle Itcwascrigjt in front of me, just very unluckly with the trailing leg! De Jong is 100% committed as a player. I hope Ben arfa recovers quickly ! All the best. As for the game city were lucky to get the win as Newcastle had a clear pen in second half. But sometimes that’s football, great away support for the Geordies brought 3x the fans Blackburn 16 mins away brought. CTID


    October 3, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Nigel de Jong’s tackle was not malicious and was not illegal. It was a fair
    challenge with a very unfortunate outcome. The guy’s got a bad name after
    his appalling challenge on Alonso but week in week out for City he is excellent.
    As far as today’s game goes we were very, very lucky to come away with
    all three points. It could easily have been a defeat and probably should have
    been a draw. Newcastle were very impressive and played with a lot of skill and passion. I hope they have a successful season. As we all know they have
    a fantastic set of fans.
    If City want to finish in the top four they’re going to have to change the way
    they play against teams that come to Eastlands. Newcastle, unlike Blackburn,
    came to try to get something from the game. Mancini’s tactics leave me mystified. We concede possession too easily and rely too heavily on strength.
    Mancini will be putting his job in severe jeopardy if he doesn’t realise the value of a player like Adam Johnson. He is a class act. He gives a team something different and he is English. Wake up Roberto and see AJ for what
    he is and stop asking him to be something he isn’t.

    City through and through

  31. yoyoma

    October 3, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    one of the best tacklers in the game, that’s his business….
    He won the ball, fair and square, it wasn’t even a foul, Ben Arfa felt the full front of the tackle and momentum on a wet surface…

    Tommy your an reactionary idiot, he clearly doesn’t go out to break people legs…The tackle is hardly that bad, certainly no karl henry who does just go ou to maim…

    • This One Guy in Detroit

      October 3, 2010 at 4:31 pm

      Tommy your an reactionary idiot

      Stuff like this is always awesome.

  32. citytillidie123

    October 3, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Great tackle, damn unlucky to break the guys leg. Yes De Jong puts in hard tackles but this was fair and really unlucky for him. Only one who tried to kcik up a fuss was that bin dipper Barton, a real model player, especially if he has a cigar.

    • Fifthcolumnblue

      October 3, 2010 at 4:51 pm

      Cigar? It’s not the cigar that worries me, it’s the ice-axe!

  33. Magistrate

    October 3, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Many hasty and harsh comments indeed. De Jong`s tackle came in from the angle it did winning the ball with the front foot. Hatem Ben Arfa, equally committed is fractionally late to the ball. De Jongs trailing leg, tucked beneath him has collided with Ben Arfa`s standing leg. Verdict….legal tackle where a secondary collision at an unfortunate angle has resulted in serious injury for a player. Very sad, but an accepted risk taken by players involved. Not guilty

  34. bluevalentine

    October 3, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Load of utter rubbish on here. I watch Nigel De Jong week in, week out and he is the first to every breakdown and one of the best timers of a tackle in the business. 90% of his tackles are hard, extremely hard, but fair. In short, the defensive midfielder everyone would like in their team. if you watch the replay ben Arfa went over Nigel’s trailing leg and fell awkwardly. There was little protest from the Newcastle players and none from Chris Hughton. Things did not escalate after the tackle and the game was generally played in good spirit.
    That said, we were a bit lucky to win and Chris H. has assembled a decent squad who play attractive football.

  35. Adam

    October 3, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Someone should break de Jong’s leg. I’m sorry but there is a difference between a good hard nosed challenge and de Jong. This is not his first time doing this and it won’t be his last. Disgraceful and crippling to Newcastle.

    • Craig Booth

      October 3, 2010 at 3:14 pm


      • Adam

        October 3, 2010 at 4:42 pm

        So when he punted Alonso in the chest in the WC, that was what…..a good challenge?

        • tublu

          October 3, 2010 at 8:29 pm

          I’d hazard a wild guess that you’re a yank adam.

          • Adam

            October 5, 2010 at 3:11 pm

            I am a Yank. Not sure what difference that makes other than that is supposed to sway my opinion or something.

            And fwiw I never said De Jong’s tackle was dirty. I think it was reckless and one that did not need to be made when, where, and how it was made. And certainly the fact that a player with a say ‘dodgy’ reputation makes it, does not make matter any better does it?

            Its a shame for Ben Arfa who has looked a cracking player since his move from France and its a shame to Newcastle. It would not surprise me if the FA came out and told the ref’s to watch the ‘scissor’ tackles much like they did a few seasons ago. Its a bit late for Ben Arfa and Newcastle, but hopefully it can help protect someone else’s leg going forward.

    • Luke

      October 4, 2010 at 1:25 pm

      I’ll break your leg you absolute idiot, it was clearly a fair challenge. Karl Henry and Steven Whittaker have both broke legs/ankles in the last couple of weeks but we don’t hear nothing of that? Everyone is bitter because De Jong is the best holding midfielder in the world, and they want him out of the way so they can have a chance when they play the mighty blues. There’s only one Nigel De Jong and he’s absolutely fantastic!!!

      • C33

        October 6, 2010 at 2:41 pm

        Can somebody please ban this douchebag?

      • josh tank

        October 6, 2010 at 7:30 pm

        Theres only one nigel de jong and hes absolute pile of shite!

        • Luke

          October 7, 2010 at 5:54 am

          clearly, that’s why we’re second in the league even with half our first team players out injured…nigel de jong is by far the best holding midfielder in the world so i suggest you drop your attitude before i drop you

          • John R

            October 7, 2010 at 7:59 am

            I know its just the internet and you almost certainly arent serious, but why do you threaten another poster every other post? You are the reason Man City fans are starting to get a bad name.

  36. jeffk

    October 3, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    It didn’t seem all that bad when I saw it during the match – and I’m saying that as a devoted Newcastle fan. It was unfortunate, but certainly not a “horror tackle.” I’m more disappointed in the game’s uneven (read: ludicrous) penalty decisions. The refereeing was the real horror show today.

  37. Arsefan

    October 3, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    English Media- “I just dont think Nigel De Jong is that kind of player. I do think Ben Arfa is the kind of player to dive and get injured. The French are soft.”

    • geordieade

      October 3, 2010 at 8:38 pm

      See if you still think that when he takes out one of your players. The guy is an animal

      • Luke

        October 4, 2010 at 1:23 pm

        shut up you bitter idiot. it was a fair tackle. Viva De Jong!!!

      • Thomarse

        October 4, 2010 at 2:25 pm

        I think you’ve missed the point Arsefan was making. Arsenal have had a few players get broken legs in the last few years from reckless challenges and in all honesty probably lucky not to have had more, and the English media are very quick to promote the “he’s not that sort of player” line and if a player does dive they go absolutely apeshit. Look at the support Shawcross got after the tackle on Ramsey. He makes challenges like that an awful lot, like De Jong and Karl Henry, and has injured a few people too, but he’s English, and therefore “not that kind of player.”

  38. jimbob

    October 3, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Got to say that it looked like a hard tackle but nothing malicious. De Jong got the ball and it was his trailing leg that caught Ben Arfa’s leg; not his leading leg. I also didn’t see any of the Newcastle players complaining either. I would be very surprised and disappointed if De Jong was punished by the FA for that tackle.

    • chris de jong sacked

      October 4, 2010 at 6:32 pm

      i wouldnt a hope when ben arfas fit a we face yous again we brak his leg and lets see what happens but it will bea legal challenge and im surprise that he didnt get a red card or yellow

      • b

        October 5, 2010 at 1:24 pm

        I would hope that when Ben Arfa is fit to face us again you will of learnt how to spell. Who is Chris De Jong? Nigel made a perfectly legal tackle. Nobody even appealed for a foul at the time, the Newcastle fans, bench and most importantly the players all ignored it totally and played on. There were no appeals, no shouts, nobody ran over to check on him. It was a challenge that will be made a hundred times every weekend. What makes you think that from watching a few replays and some still pictures ( I guarantee you were’nt at the game) that you are qualified to tell us it was a dirty challenge? Same goes for all the other 13 year old keyboard warriors.

  39. eighthsin

    October 3, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Hardly a “horror tackle”, he won the ball and caught him with his trailing leg. Just unlucky to have caused injury.

  40. Neil Crosby

    October 3, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    The tackle was fair – no question. The referee didn’t give a foul and Chris Hughton admitted it was a fair challenge. What are you trying to do here – get the man hung for an offence he clearly did not commit?

    • Ryan

      October 4, 2010 at 2:20 am

      Are you serious Neil? Chris Hughton came out and said it was a challenge that didn’t need to be made. Maybe you should do some research and watch THE VIDEO after the match with him saying that.

      If you are trying to defend him, you are completely insane. First Holden, then Alonso in the World Cup, and now this. The only way he will learn is if someone comes in and breaks his leg on purpose. I hope it happens. Pieces of S*** like De Jong don’t deserve to be in the EPL. What goes around, comes around. Turnabout is fair play. Something bad will happen to him, especially if he continues to play like this. And whe something bad does happen, it will be sweet glory. And the fact that you support him is sickening.

      • John

        October 6, 2010 at 9:27 am

        Saying it was a challenge that ‘didn’t need to be made’ is very different from saying it was an unfair challenge. As for your vitriol regarding ‘I hope it happens’ – referring to somebody breaking De Jong’s ‘leg on purpose’. I think you sir are the one who is sickening, and what is more you have a strangely warped perspective on the Premiership, perhaps attributed to the fact that you know f**k all about football, or should I say soccer.

        Good day to you

  41. Tommy

    October 3, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Nigel de Jong represents everything wrong with the epl right now, guy is an absolute scum bag. I remember him ruining Stuart holdens world cup by breaking his leg in Amsterdam in march and it seems like everytime I see te guy play I fear for the entire other teams health and it really takes away from all of the great attacking play we see in
    The epl now. Oh and just invade you’re
    Wondering I’m a Villa fan not a Newcastle fan just don’t think guys like de Jong should continue to get away with downright dangerous play guy clearly goes out with intent to break up play by taking players out

    • MCFC2810

      October 4, 2010 at 4:12 am

      What are you talking about. Stick to wearing a crash mat when you play sport. What is EPL ?? do you mean the Barclays Premier League ??
      De Jong won the ball fair and squre I was about 50 feet away. It happens, full stop. Its not nice and no one wants to see it, but if you pays your money you takes your chances. Grow up.

      • ian

        October 4, 2010 at 9:38 am

        Was there too in the block 202 eaststand it was a fair tackle unlucky for ben arfa but thats football it a hard game

        • josh

          October 6, 2010 at 7:18 pm

          noo way man, he went in too hard if it were a fair tackle then how the hell did he brake his leg in TWO places, hes known for doing dirty tackles and he knew what he was going for.

      • dean elmi

        October 4, 2010 at 4:53 pm

        that was just dirty full stop. he new he was going 2 take him out hes a dirty player plain and simple mascherano does the same job but never tackled like that.

      • Pablo

        October 5, 2010 at 11:33 am

        Perhaps this is the problem with tackling in England. Nowhere in the rule book does it say that as long as you get the ball first, you can take someone out. This is a giant misconception perpetuated by dumb English “pundits.” There is a reason this happens every year in the EPL, and hardly ever in the other big leagues.

  42. Nick

    October 3, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    This may seem like a really silly question, but why can’t big time European footbal leagues or teams afford stretchers with wheels on them? NCAA and NFL players don’t get carried off on a board by 4 guys — they get rolled off, and into an ambulance if need be.

    • Dave

      October 3, 2010 at 8:16 pm

      My guess is that such stretchers would tear up the pitch. Not to mention what ambulance would do.

      • soonerscotty

        October 3, 2010 at 9:37 pm

        @ Nick: I’ve wondered the same thing.

        @ Dave: Those vehicles don’t seem to tear up natural surfaces in the US.

        • Dave

          October 3, 2010 at 11:04 pm

          Yes, but I think an American football field is cared for a little differently than a football pitch is.

        • Luis

          October 4, 2010 at 6:52 am

          In Brazil, players are carried on small electric vehicles, like golf carts. There’s no damage to the pitch…well, just like in golf!

          • johnny

            October 5, 2010 at 5:14 pm

            my high school does that too

  43. This One Guy in Detroit

    October 3, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    I think the real question is what is it about Nigel De Jong where we see so many horrible tackles and broken bones?

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