Taxi For Ben Arfa
Hatem Ben Arfa may have been on the injured list but he has been kept busy with court appearances regarding driving offences.
Hatem will now be relying on taxis to get him around Tyneside for the rest of the season as he has now been banned for 49 days by magistrates and also handed a £5,100 fine.
It was subsequently found that Ben Arfa didn’t hold valid insurance either and so was taken to court on both counts.
Hatem’s defending barrister claimed an innocent mistake (regarding the insurance!) and apologised on the player’s behalf but the magistrates regarded the speeding offence as serious enough to merit a ban.
These type of cases always make good copy for the tabloids and young men driving powerful cars will always rack up these type of offences.
Let’s just hope that we see Ben Arfa where we really want him, on the pitch, whether he has to hitch a lift or not to get to St.James’ Park.
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