Originally posted by scacchipazzo
No one is blaming the player for the bad call. I am talking about his obvious thuggery, lack of sportsmanship and constant on field misbehavior. Only De Joong comes to mind as far as horrible behavior in same breath as Balotelli! Is FA waiting for him to seriously injure an opponent? That play was called a simple foul and did not get a yellow. That's exceptionally poor refereeing!
Well, he has now been banned for three matches. Which is about the minimum he should get - players like that, IMO, should be kicked bodily off the field and not let back on for a full season at least. And yes, I agree with you about Nigel de Jong.
(And it's best to add "Nigel". He is not to be confused with Siem de Jong, no relation but also Dutch international, Luuk de Jong, brother of Siem, Nick de Jong - all pro football players - or John, Jean-Paul, Maarten, Theo - all ex-pro players who became coaches - Piet - long time ago - let alone Jan Willem or Migchiel, both chess players. It's the most commom surname in the Netherlands.)