And even that was for two bookings
For all the controversy this week, our pals at Footy for the Soul inform us that everyone’s favourite tough-tackling midfielder Nigel De Jong has only been sent-off once so far in his eight-year career.
We’re tempted to suggest that this must be due to borrowing Mark Van Bommel’s cloak of invisibility, which prevents match officials from seeing fouls committed by the wearer.
Indeed, even this solitary red card – for two bookable offence (both of which you have seen straight red cards given for) – came as a massive shock to De Jong. It comes from a 2006 Uefa Cup match against Rapid Bucharest (we’re not deliberately having a Romanian theme day at OTP, by the way. Although that does give us an idea…)