Dutch midfielder De Jong dropped over Ben Arfa tackle

Last Updated: Oct 04, 2010, 18:12 PM IST

Rotterdam: Dutch midfielder Nigel de Jong has been dropped for the upcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers against Sweden and Moldova over his bad tackle on Hatem Ben Arfa, the Dutch FA said in a statement on Monday.

"I just informed the squad and told them I saw no other possibility," Dutch coach Bert van Marwijk said in the statement.

"In the near future I will discuss this matter with Nigel (de Jong) but right now we have to focus on the upcoming two matches."

Newcastle United`s French forward Ben Arfa suffered a broken leg after the challenge from Manchester City`s De Jong four minutes into their Premier League match on Sunday.

Bureau Report