By Chris Wright
“Sir, you’ve just been De Jong-ed”
Dutch destroyer Nigel de Jong has claimed that he was ‘treated like a war criminal’ after spending most of last summer accidentally kicking Spaniards in the heart and plying us all with a pithy new term for tackles that reduce human bone to powder form.
Speaking to De Volkskrant, De Jong said:
“At no time did I see Xabi Alonso because I was focused only on the ball. Actually, when I think back about it, it was not good at all. Of course the referee (poor, poor Howard Webb) should have shown a red card for the foul. That is obvious.”
“But I had the feeling that there were people who wanted to harm me. I’ve been public enemy number one on many occasions. Honestly, people treated me like a war criminal. It was an unpleasant sensation.”
Not as unpleasant as feeling your atriums separate from your ventricles I’d wager, but hey ho.