And he should be banished for a long, long time. Perhaps, if there was fairness in life, as long as Hatem Ben Arfa is injured (which is expected to be six months).
De Jong is clearly a dirty player. He makes reckless challenges that injure people. First, there was the infamous kick in the World Cup final. He didn’t even try for the ball. Instead, he kung-fu kicked Xabi Alonso in the chest. Fortunately, the Spaniard didn’t suffer a serious injury, but, in what’s becoming a pattern, de Jong went unpunished.
Now, two days ago in Manchester City’s 2-1 victory over Newcastle, de Jong slid in on Hatem Ben Arfa and broke his leg in two places. Again, the Dutchman wasn’t punished. To make matters worse, the FA decided against taking action (updated on 11 October).
Although I guess there is some justice in the fact that he was dropped from the Dutch national team.