Schalke and U.S. midfielder Jermaine Jones was booked twice and sent off in his side’s 3-1 DFB Pokal loss to Borussia Monchengladbach, but it was a separate incident the referee did not see that now has him facing a lengthy ban and slapped with a few unwanted titles.
Television replays (see video above) showed the German-American Jones stepping on Gladbach star Marco Reus’ left foot. Reus is playing with a specially designed shoe because of a broken toe but still scored twice in the win that knocked the defending champions.
In a column entitled “The nastiest player in German soccer,” Stefan Giannakoulis of n-tv said Jones stomped on Reus’ foot with the intent to injury him, and the German federation (DFB) will have to take action.
The 30-year-old Jones has had a reputation for rough play for a while now. While on loan at Blackburn, he earned eight yellow cards in 15 matches (he has six in 10 Bundesliga matches this season).
German tabloid Bild has taken to calling him “Evil Kicker” and is pushing for the maximum penalty of a six-month ban.
Reports that Nigel De Jong wants to be Jones’ friend are so far unconfirmed.