[AMERICANS ABROAD]U.S. national team midfielder Jermaine Jonesis under fire in the German media.
He was red carded (VIDEO) in stoppage time for picking up his second yellow card in Schalke 04's 3-1 loss to Borussia Moenchengladbach Wednesday in the German Cup, but it was an incident that was not seen by the referee that has a columnist for n-tv (the German equivalent of CNN) calling Jones "the filthiest player in Germany," and writer for the respected Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung calling for Jones to be kicked out of the Bundesliga.
Television replays (see video below) 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.
In his Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung blog entitled "Lousy, lousier, Jermaine Jones," Peter Koertesaid Jones' act was deliberate and not taken in the heat of the moment. "Basically, he doesn't even belong in the Bundesliga," said Koerte, who added that he had never seen anything so deliberate before.