Magpies request De Jong punishment
Published 05/10/2010 | 17:32
Newcastle have called on the Football Association to take action against Manchester City midfielder Nigel de Jong over the tackle which left Hatem Ben Arfa with a double leg fracture.
The Magpies have written to the FA to ask them to look into the incident, which went unpunished by match referee Martin Atkinson.
"Newcastle United have written a strongly worded letter to the Football Association in relation to the tackle by Manchester City's Nigel de Jong on Hatem Ben Arfa in Sunday's Premier League fixture, which resulted in Ben Arfa sustaining a broken tibia and fibula of his left leg," said a club statement.
"The club has asked the FA for the appropriate action to be taken against De Jong for the tackle which, in the club's, opinion was unnecessary and used excessive force."
Newcastle have also called on referees' chiefs to investigate the performance of the officials in the game, during which they conceded a controversial penalty and were denied what they believe should have been a spot-kick of their own in addition to the Ben Arfa incident.
The statement continued: "Newcastle United will also be writing to the appropriate body regarding the performance of the match officials, specifically the referee, in relation to a number of incidents during the game, including the tackle on Ben Arfa."