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Nigel De Jong Dropped From Dutch Squad

According to Sky Sports, Holland coach Bert van Marwijk has dropped Nigel De Jong from the squad for Euro qualifiers following his tackle on Hatem ben Arfa. van Marwijk called it "a wild and unnecessary offence" and added, "I have a problem with the way Nigel needlessly looks to push the limit." This turn of events in the international game calls to my mind De Jong's challenge on American Stuart Holden in a friendly match 3 months before the World Cup. van Marwijk, who had a front seat for that challenge, has apparently seen enough and will now take action.

At a time when Manchester City supporters (and their manager) continue to insist that HBA's injury was simply an unfortunate byproduct of good, clean play, it is refreshing to see that somebody outside of Newcastle upon Tyne disagrees.