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Wednesday 2 September 2015

Nigel de Jong doesn’t regret World Cup horror tackle on Xabi Alonso

Published 06/09/2010

Nigel de Jong does not regret his horror challenge on Spain's Xabi Alonso in the World Cup final.

The Manchester City midfielder booted the Alonso in the chest in the showpiece game in South Africa, and referee Howard Webb has since admitted he should have sent him off.

However, De Jong hasn’t shown any remorse despite the furore which followed the incident: “I don't regret anything. I never intended to hurt him.

“And after such a great World Cup I came back to the dressing room of Manchester City as a different player. Well, that's how it felt.

“I had just played in the final of the World Cup. It gives you a different status. The lads at City said they were impressed with the Dutch team's performances out there in South Africa. That was really nice.”

Meanwhile, the Indian businessman hoping to take over Blackburn Rovers has left a trail of unpaid debt in the UK.

Records show Ahsan Ali Syed has failed to pay a county court judgement of £61,500.

Other debts include £7,800 in unpaid rent and nearly £1,000 in unpaid council tax.

Mr Ali is also listed as director of two UK companies which were dissolved for non-compliance.

The businessman refused to comment.

Mr Ali lived in England between 2001 and 2005, saying he was here “enjoying family life”.

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