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Hatem Ben Arfa In Industrial Tribunal Fight

8 years ago

Hatem Ben Arfa was called to attend in Lyon last Friday morning, an industrial tribunal involving himself and Olympique Lyonnais.

The case dates all the way back to 2007 when Hatem Ben Arfa was suspended for four games for insulting a referee during an Academy match. OL had at that time fined him €100,000 before eventually paying back €48,000.

Jean-Jacques Bertrand, lawyer of the Newcastle United player, is asking for the remaining €52,000 and €15,000 in damages and €5,000 under ‘section 700’.

Mr Joseph Aguera, who defends the interests of OL, justified the sanction imposed, claiming that it is the League and not OL, which suspended the player and that it is, “a legal suspension in terms of a working contract.

The case is ongoing and a new hearing will be held before the end of this year.

The mood in France is that considering Hatem’s current salary, he could have let the matter go.

However, the fact he won’t let it drop suggests that there is a personal angle beyond just the money.

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