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Let's Put The Record Straight About Man City!
Published : 10 Oct 2010 11:56:44
We reported last week that Hatem Ben Afra had turned down a hospital visit from Nigel de Jong ... which was announced in a Manchester newspaper on that day. Oh yes, we like to pass the buck here at NU-Mad. But we now hear the player is still waiting for an apology from the Man City player for the leg-breaking challenge that has left him facing six months on the sidelines. Apparently it was Manchester City's football administrator Brian Marwood, who was told he could not see Ben Arfa because he was not well enough. So we would like to put the record straight - and apologize to our readers for giving you bum information. Ben Afra's agent Simon Stainrod: “There’s been no contact – de Jong hasn’t been in touch at all. “Brian Marwood – who is a top-class professional person – sent a note saying everyone at Manchester City wished him a speedy recovery, and a gift, but that’s it. “A visit from de Jong wasn’t put to him. Brian wanted to visit, but he was on morphine at the time. It’s very difficult to answer that. I can’t speak for Hatem. “But the facts of the matter are he hasn’t been in touch, and he hasn’t apologised. Brian Marwood’s been in touch, but not de Jong, who is the one who broke his leg.” "Of course de Jong’s tackle was malicious. “I played football professionally for 20 years, and know the difference between a dangerous and malicious tackle, and one that isn’t. "I’ve spoken to people in European football who are dumbfounded that he got away with it. I’m also outraged that there are people on TV who have played the game have said it was just a heavy challenge. “Tackles like that endanger people’s careers. “There’s a difference between an accident, and somebody coming to do you.”