A day after
Nigel De Jong made a tackle deemed fair by referee Martin Atkinson, but which
left Hatem Ben Arfa with a broken leg, he was dropped by his country.
The Manchester City's midfielder's challenge apparently
left Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk with "no alternative" but to
This from a
man who defended his side after all but two of his outfield players were booked
in the World Cup final (Johnny Heitinga twice).
included an outrageous De Jong kung-fu kick to Xabi Alonso's sternum that Howard
Webb did not deem worthy of a red card or FIFA of additional punishment.