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Agent denies de Jong apology reports

11 Oct 2010 - 08:29:48

The agent of Hatem Ben Arfa has denied reports suggesting that Manchester Nigel de Jong has apologised in person for the challenge which left the Newcastle United loanee with a broken left leg.

Ben Arfa is set to miss the majority of the season after sustaining a serious injury, with de Jong having been dropped by the Netherlands as a result of his latest indiscretion.

Agent Simon Stanford revealed: "De Jong hasn't been in touch at all.

"Brian Marwood, who is a top-class professional person, sent a note from Manchester City saying everyone wished him a speedy recovery and sent a gift, but that's it.

"A visit from de Jong wasn't put to him. Brian wanted to visit but Hatem was on morphine at the time.

"The facts of the matter are he hasn't been in touch and he hasn't apologised. Brian Marwood has been in touch, but not de Jong."

Meanwhile, Ben Arfa's parent club, Marseille, have hinted at possible legal action against de Jong.

President Jean-Claude Dassier told a French TV station: "We will file a claim against de Jong. It's about getting rid of this type of individual from European grounds."

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