Nigel De Jong, the City fan favourite is in the news today after breaking the fibula of Bolton Wanderers’ Stuart Holden. Holden recieved the ball from Everton’s Landon Donnovan and Nige flew in and caught Holden’s left leg and after he switched the ball from one foot to another. De Jong is renouned for his hard tackling and when you tackle like the ‘terrier’ does, unfortunately, it is inevitable that you will eventually make a wrong judgement and fly into a tackle too late; therfore injuring a player.
Anyway, here is what the Dutchman had to say to www.knvb.nl:
‘Such offences are part of football, I went for the ball and got the opponent at the end. I had no evil intent. If the ball is between me and the opponent, you have to go in full. If you do not then the opponent takes you. And if you’re scared in a game you get injured yourself.’
Personally, I don’t think De Jong intended to injure Holden, he is very strong in the tackle but is normally very fair. He is not a malicous player and I think this time, the timing of his intervention slightly was off.
Do you think Nige meant to do that?