Enrique calls for De Jong ban

Magpies defender wants to see City midfielder punished

Ben Arfa: Broken leg

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Newcastle full-back Jose Enrique feels Nigel de Jong should be banned for breaking Hatem Ben Arfa's leg.

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The Manchester City midfielder clattered into the Magpies winger during Sunday's meeting at Eastlands.

The crunching tackle left Ben Arfa with a double fracture and he is expected to be sidelined until at least March 2011.

De Jong was not even booked at the time of the incident, but has been dropped by the Dutch national side as a result of his actions.

Newcastle have already approached the Football Association asking them to review the challenge and make a decision on whether a suspension is warranted.

The authorities have agreed to look into the matter, with an FA spokesman saying: "We will consider the contents of the letter."

Spanish defender Enrique hopes action will be taken, as he feels De Jong deserves to be put out of action for as long as Ben Arfa.


He said in Marca: "It was a hideous tackle by De Jong. He's one of those players who goes for the kill in every challenge. I hope they ban him for the five or six months that Ben Arfa will be out injured.

"It is not the first time he has seriously injured another player.

"He did something similar last season (to Stuart Holden during an international fixture against USA) and we all know about the boot in Xabi Alonso's chest at the World Cup.

"It was a senseless kick, in the fourth minute of the game. The referee did not even blow for a foul and De Jong continued dishing out kicks to our players all afternoon.

"We are now left with just two wingers until the transfer window reopens in January. If that had been Wayne Rooney instead of Ben Arfa, they would punish De Jong and make an example of him.

"It strikes me as a very good thing that he has not been called up to play for Holland.

"As far as I know he did not even come to our dressing-room afterwards to say sorry."