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De Jong's Fibula Breaking Tackle *Video*

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

'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?

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Writer: bigal84 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday March 4 2010

Time: 6:26PM

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Trailing foot took his away, seen it too many times by many, many players. Nothing malicious, just a bad late tackle.
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04/03/2010 18:35:00

to me it looked identical to the shawcross taqckle and us city fans condemmed him for that so for me it was a bad tackle and i dont want to see tackles like that in football so for me de jong needs to get a ban for that.
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04/03/2010 18:39:00

I have no comment. Except that I have no comment.
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04/03/2010 18:42:00

No way is that comparable to the Shawcross tackle! De Jong was playing for the Dutch national side, and they (to the best of my knowledge) are not instructed to go out and kick their opponents into submission like Stoke are. I'm not saying that Shawcross meant to hurt Ramsey, but if he comes from a culture that encourages him to go in hard, it was only a matter of time before someone on the receiving end of one of his tackles was injured. We all watch DeJong week in week out and we know that he is not a dirty player in the slightest, and that City do not play rugby like some other teams. So yes, it was a late tackle and Dejong was justifiably booked, but you'll notice that the player managed to limp off the field, unlike Ramsey who needed a stretcher, oxygen and surgery. So, whilst nobody likes to see players having their legs broken, there is absolutely no similarity between the two tackles and DeJong got the yellow card he deserved for being late, nothing more.
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04/03/2010 19:00:00

It was unlucky. nothing malicious in that. I don't think I've ever seen De Jong tackle someone maliciously. The guy walked off the field, it obviously isn't a bad fracture, a la Eduardo's ankle. These things happen in football even when a tackle isn't made, catch the bottom of someone's boot and you can fracture a toe. Think you're bein a bit harsh there BM.
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04/03/2010 19:08:00

well put 5th.
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04/03/2010 19:08:00

That wasnt as bad as the shawcross tackle, and his injuries are not as bad. I feel bad for Holden and of course, De Jong should have timed his tackle better. Theres always injury risks in the game but you need committed tackles. Im not advocating De Jongs tackle, it was careless if he didnt get the ball, but it was there to be won and he took the risk.
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04/03/2010 19:11:00

Yeah I too don't think you can compare de Jong's tackle with Shawcross'. Both were badly mis-timed but Shawcross was high and de Jong wasn't. de Jong isn't a malicous player and tackles hard but fair. I'm not saying it was a good tackle but I Don't think you can compare it to Shawcross' (who will play awful for the next 4/5 games becuase i think that tackle will really play on his mind)
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04/03/2010 19:18:00

Nigel will be upset at that, he is a hard player but not dirty, I feel sorry for Holden and hope that he recovers soon from his injuries.
buzz lightyear
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04/03/2010 19:18:00

I dont even think it was that late to be honest...
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04/03/2010 19:18:00

I don't think thats a bad tackle. There is much more malicious and mis-timed tackles in every game. He just caught him with his trailing foot.
Once A Blue
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04/03/2010 19:21:00

yeah it looked nasty, still if you lunge in from 3ft, keep your right foot 6 inches off the ground, miss the ball all together and catch him just above the ankle, something's got to give, like Holdens leg, De Jong did go for the ball, you have to watch it more than once, just before De Jong makes the tackle, watch very closely Holden's right leg, he shifts the ball, but the problem is, he then has no weight, behind the right leg, which takes the impact, it's like a stick just hanging, De Jong is an excellent player, pure accident, the first few lines are not aimed at De Jong, it's what the other morons would say, across from you guys in Manchester, but then most of them are in the south, so the only time they see a home game is when Utd play in London, if you get my drift :-)
spu 4 life
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04/03/2010 20:29:00

imagine it was on tevez
ten men
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04/03/2010 21:59:00

If it was Tevez then De Jong would of broke his foot.
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04/03/2010 22:18:00

Vlad may get some games now. The tackle was a bit late, but not deliberately so I think, real bad luck for the yank.
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05/03/2010 05:10:00

I hope you're not suggesting that Vlad is not good enough forf the Bolton side. This tackle is unforunate but nothing dirty about it, even looking at the replays, it stioll looks a pure accident.
Buzz Lightyear
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05/03/2010 07:15:00

De Jong does go in hard but without malice.
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05/03/2010 13:16:00

Granted De Jong's a wholehearted player who can tackle well, but on the other hand he needs to bring a lot more to the table if we are to reach the top 4. We need to be more,positive fluent and direct. I know he does his job but he is quite limited in what he can do.
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05/03/2010 17:22:00


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