Are Marseille right to consider legal action against De Jong?

Marseille have announced that they could take legal action against Nigel de Jong after the Manchester City player broke the leg of Hatem Ben Arfa, who is on a season-long loan at Newcastle from the French club, with a nasty challenge during the recent fixture between the two English

It isn’t yet known how long Ben Arfa will be out of action for but the president of Marseille has not been afraid to launch a stinging attack on the combative City midfielder .Watch Cyberbully (2015) Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

He said: “It’s about getting rid of this type of individual from European grounds”.

This news will come as the latest blow to the widely criticized City player, who has had to deal with the controversial decision from the Netherlands boss to drop him from the latest international squad following the incident at the beginning of October. At the time of making his decision, Bert van Marwijk said the player’s “wild and unnecessary offense” had left him with no choice but to exclude him from the squad, despite there not being a precedent for that kind of action.

For their part City, who look Premier League best bets to finish in the top four, have defended the player.

Although it is undoubtedly right to question why players’ legs seem to be snapping in two with greater regularity and attempt to eradicate the sort of high-velocity, no-holds-barred challenges that seem to be creeping into the domestic game more and more, is it the case that this De Jong incident is turning into something of a witch hunt? Anyone who wants to place a Premier League bet doesn’t want to be distracted by this sort of thing.

There have been a number of other horrific challenges broadcast since the season started, with Karl Henry’s tackle on Wigan’s Jordi Gomez one particularly memorable example. Stoke’s Andy Wilkinson could also be deemed lucky to have escaped the sort of criticism currently being fired in the City player’s direction after a horror tackle on Moussa Dembele.

Nobody wants to see players suffer long-term injuries that potentially threaten their careers, but does anybody equally want to see victimisation and a witch-hunt mentality plague the English game?

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