Manchester City have confirmed that The Sun newspaper have today printed an apology to Nigel De Jong following an article published on the 16th October…
The Murdoch flagship’s Neil Custis went to press with the “exclusive” headline ‘De Jong’s fun and games at City’ 13 days after De Jong made a legal tackle which resulted in Newcastle player Hatem Ben Arfa suffering a broken leg. The tackle was not punished by the referee or The Football Association.
‘In The Sun last month, we ran a picture which showed Kolo Toure on the ground and a smiling Nigel de Jong dragging him up as a Manchester City coach raises his right arm at him following a training-ground tackle.
‘We suggested De Jong was re-enacting and mocking the tackle which left Newcastle’s Hatem Ben Arfa with a broken leg in a Premier League game.
‘We now accept De Jong was not doing this and are happy to set the record straight.’
The Sun’s dreadful bandwaggoning article remains on line, however:
De Jong’s fun and games at City
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