According to reports in France, Hatem Ben Arfa has taken legal action against FIFA.

The former Newcastle winger is said to have taken action to try and claim 4m euros (£3m) from the governing body.

The compensation claim revolves around the player’s ban from football in the second half of last season.

France Football have broken the story on the other side of the Channel and Sports Witness say that the French media organisation report that Hatem Ben Arfa will find out before the end of September whether he has been successful.

Ben Arfa was banned from playing for Nice because he had already played for Hull City and Newcastle reserves, the authorities deciding this equalled playing for two clubs (even though he didn’t appear for Newcastle’s first team).

The rule being you can’t play for more than two clubs in one season.

The action is said to be based on ‘loss of career’ and ‘loss of wage’,  with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) announcing their verdict in the next fortnight.

Hatem Ben Arfa has started the season back on form, already scoring two goals in his five Ligue 1 appearances.