Ligue 1 - Marseille to sue De Jong over tackle

Sun, 10 Oct 17:35:00 2010

Marseille are planning legal action against Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong over the tackle which broke Hatem Ben Arfa's leg.

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The France midfielder, who is on a season-long loan at Newcastle from the Mediterranean club, was ruled out for the bulk of that period after having his tibia and fibula broken by the Dutchman's challenge last Sunday.

And Ben Arfa's parent club have responded angrily, with president Jean-Claude Dassier telling French television programme Telefoot: "We will file a claim against De Jong. It's about getting rid of this type of individual from European grounds."

De Jong escaped sanction at the time but has since been dropped from the Holland squad as punishment, with coach Bert van Marwijk saying: "It was a wild and unnecessary offence. He went in much too hard.

"I have a problem with the way Nigel needlessly looks to push the limit. I am going to speak to him."

Dassier also promised to offer support to the winger in his recovery, saying: "Ben Arfa asked our medical staff to help and we will do everything we can to help him, obviously."

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