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Van Bommel On Dutch Coach De Jong Face Saver

Van Bommel On Dutch Coach De Jong Face Saver

Twinkle toed Dutch midfielder Mark Van Bommel has spoken out in support of City midfielder Nigel De Jong after their national coach axed the City player from his squad...

Van Bommel himself never takes prisoners. The 33 year old Bayern Munich enforcer felt compelled to offer public support to his international team-mate but stopped short of slating his father-in-law the Dutch Coach Bert van Marwijk for his decision to drop De Jong for his hard ball winning tackle on Newcastle's Hatem Ben Arfa which has gone unpunished in England from pitch to Football Association.

The hacks knives are well and truly out for De Jong who finds himself coming in for stick from the likes of ex triple booking specialist Graham Poll to Arsenal's Samir Nasri, the latter of whom we're pretty sure at VMC would trip over himself to applaud English Football becoming a non-body contact sport. Such insight has been countered by Newcastle United's assistant boss Colin Calderwood who said:

'...I wouldn't want to take that type of challenge out of our football.'

Bert van Marwijk was absolutely slammed in Holland and around the world for his side's physical approach in this year's World Cup Final against Spain. Dutch legend Johann Cruyff had this to say of van Marwijk's team:

'This ugly, vulgar, hard, hermetic, hardly eye-catching, hardly football style, yes it served the Dutch to unsettle Spain. If with this they got satisfaction, fine, but they ended up losing. They were playing anti-football.'

The Dutch coach's unprecedented banning of an unpunished De Jong has more than a whiff of opportunist face-saving about it when those damning comments that have resonated all summer are taken into account.

Van Bommel had this to say:

'Nigel is and remains one of us. We find this all very frustrating...but I know Nigel as a sweet guy. He doesn't want to injure anyone but wants to win every match. That is his strength. Thanks to Nigel we reached the final of the World Cup. And now I hear people calling him a criminal. What a nonsense...I know exactly what Nigel is suffering. I have also had to answer for playing hard. But I didn't want to injure anyone and I have had to think about that criticism...Nigel should not change his game, we need him as he is. But maybe he should occasionally go into a tackle slightly differently.'

Fair enough, but Van Bommel quickly countered that with a nod to the missus's Dad:

'I think it was a very difficult decision for him. We are stronger with Nigel than without him. But he did it for the overall good.'

Beyond all the posturing in Holland, City boss Roberto Mancini has issued a statement in support of his fiery midfielder:

'As his club manager I wish to say that whilst he is naturally competitive, Nigel is first and foremost a great player as well as being honest and loyal and I support him wholeheartedly.'

MCFC and De Jong are close to finalising a newly improved extension to his current contract.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Bluey Armstrong VMC Newsdesk
Date:Tuesday October 5 2010
Time: 4:07PM


1st...dejong needs to learn to he jackie chan
05/10/2010 16:29:00
This really is bizarre, to say the least. He so called Kung fu kicks Alonso in the WC final which cant be condoned and his coach is happy to select him for the next international game, he then makes a very good tackle which leads to a very unfortunate break to Ben Arfa's leg and as a result he is dropped from the national squad. I'm astounded by this.
05/10/2010 16:36:00
You can add Stan "dogger" "wifebeater" Collymore to the list of bandwagon jumping hacks (who only a short while ago was defending ryan shawcross). Nasri is a diving bellend and could trip over a blade of grass, no wonder he doesnt condone tackling.
05/10/2010 16:58:00
If De Jong gets a ban then so be it, I am certain that he didn't mean to break Ben Arfas leg yet I wouldn't want to see my 8 year old tackled like that on a Saturday morning, a bit of refinement needed Nige. However it isn't down to the cretins (Durham, Collymore, Quinn et al) at TalkSport to launch a campaign against him personally, I don't hear these clowns harping on about Paul 'family man' 'mistimed tackle' 'stays out of the limelight' 'excellent servant to Yernitid' Scholes every time he maims someone. Punish De Jong if you will for an over exuberent tackle or an assault on Alonso but not because he's a foreigner or has never played for England. I see the Dutch coach now tries to restore Dutch footballs good name by finding a scapegoat.
05/10/2010 17:38:00
As posted on the forums, how about a life ban for Coloccini too? Come on Barcodes, Spuds, and other guests, refute this:,,10278~9096581,00.jpg
05/10/2010 18:22:00
Then there's Fatty Brazil the pontificating rag.
Johnny Baguette
05/10/2010 18:39:00
I cant defend the dejong tackle, he didnt aim to break ben arfa leg, but the force used was too strong and wreckless. I wish the lad a speedy recovery. Dejong is certainly being made a scape goat by holland and if i were him id retire from interbnational football while Bert van Marwijk is in charge. This is the same coach who encouraged his team to be over physical at the world cup. If robben or van persie did a bad tackle, would they be banned? No cahnce! Hes a hypocrite and knifed his own player in the back. Its funny how theirs a media onslaught on a city player, when wreckless challenges have been in vouge since the eduardo incident two seasons ago. Wenger gets stick for years, but suddently everyone agrees with him when a city player is the agresser. Rooney is loved for rash tackles, scholes is loveable but cant challenge, shawcross was just a minute late, taylor is a nice, sidwell lost his eye contacts and weekly offender karl henry is misunderstood. As for the talksport campaign lead by adrian durham, it seems like newcastle fc have been listening and have asked the fa to action against dejong.
Sheikh Mansour
05/10/2010 18:46:00
Irani, mmmf!
05/10/2010 18:48:00
Hey!! I've just remembered, we're second in the table! Get in!
05/10/2010 18:56:00
worst tackle I've seen this week!
Red Boy
05/10/2010 20:09:00
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