Hatem Ben Arfa was prevented from turning out for new club Nice last weekend.

The sticking point was the possibility that if he did play then he may be in breach of the rule that forbids players from turning out for more than two clubs in the same season.

hatem ben arfaAs everybody knows, Ben Arfa had games during his loan spell at Hull, but the decision now rests on whether a Newcastle Under 21 appearance against Reading in August counts as ‘playing’ for Newcastle.

The matter has been referred to governing body FIFA and now L’equipe have reported that a decision either way is expected on Wednesday.

If the findings are in Hatem Ben Arfa and Nice’s favour, registration will need to be transferred from the English to the French FA.

If this happens by midnight on Thursday then the former Newcastle player would be eligible to play for Nice at Bordeaux on Friday night.

From Newcastle United’s point of view, whatever happens it will have no impact on the club, with the agreement to cancel the player’s contract separately concluded before Hatem’s Nice deal.

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