Monday, 4 October 2010

Nigel De Jong axed from Dutch squad

Manchester City hardman Nigel De Jong has been dropped from the Netherlands squad after his wild tackle yesterday again Newcastle left Hatem Ben Arfa with a broken leg, the dutchman has been axed by coach Bert van Marwijk for the upcoming Euro 2012 Group E qualifiers against Moldova and Sweden.

In a statement of the Dutch FA's official website, van Marwijk said on Monday: "I just informed the squad and told them I saw no other possibility.

"In the near future I will discuss this matter with Nigel (de Jong) but right now we have to focus on the upcoming two matches."

Speaking to Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad he said, "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."

Nigel De Jong breaks Hatem Ben Arfa leg:

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