Marseille could take legal action against Nigel de Jong
De Jong's challenge on Ben Arfa went unpunished at Eastlands
Marseille have said they could take legal action against Manchester City's Nigel de Jong after his tackle broke the leg of Newcastle's Hatem Ben Arfa.
Ben Arfa, who is on a season-long loan from Marseille, is set for a long spell on the sidelines after suffering a double fracture last Sunday.
The French club's president Jean-Claude Dassier told TF1's Telefoot programme: "We will file a claim against De Jong.
"It's about getting rid of this type of individual from European grounds."
Even though De Jong was not booked for the incident in the 2-1 victory for Manchester City at Eastlands on 3 October, he was dropped from the Netherlands squad for their Euro 2012 qualifiers against Moldova last Friday and Sweden on Tuesday after coach Bert van Marwijk said it was "a wild and unnecessary offence".
Newcastle subsequently wrote to the Football Association asking it to take action against the 25-year-old Dutch midfielder for the tackle which it deemed to be "unnecessary and using excessive force."
The FA said it would consider the letter but may be powerless to implement any punishment.
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