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Newcastle United Take Action After Newspaper Tries To Destabilise The Club

8 years ago

Newcastle United went onto the offensive against the Telegraph and banned their north east reporter for the piece claiming there was a split in the Newcastle dressing room.

Now they have followed that with a spirited rubbishing of The Sun’s hatchet job on Hatem Ben Arfa.

“Newcastle United are hugely disappointed by the article that appeared in The Sun on Wednesday 1st May, concerning Hatem Ben Arfa, on the basis that their assertion was totally without foundation and completely untrue. The club is 100% supportive of Hatem.

Articles such as this are an attempt to destabilise the club and the team at a crucial period in the season.

Supporters should be aware that the club and Hatem are taking the strongest possible action against this flagrant false reporting.

The Sun didn’t have the courtesy to check the facts with the club or the player before publishing the piece and had they done so, they would have been told there was no truth in it whatsoever.

Hatem Ben Arfa;

“I was shocked when my attention was drawn to the article in The Sun newspaper, it’s totally inaccurate, misleading and has caused me great personal upset and frustration.”

If you hadn’t heard about The Sun’s piece, it claimed that on Monday night Hatem went to a gym to work out and was wearing PSG training kit, they also claimed that he didn’t watch the Villa v Sunderland match which was on TV screens in the weights room and was laughing with friends. All of these crimes against humanity allegedly infuriated Newcastle fans who were in the gym, though amazingly in this technology overkill age strangely nobody took a photo using their phone. Instead The Sun printed a mock up of how Ben Arfa would look in a PSG strip.

Nobody that I have spoken to had any problem with Ben Arfa even if what The Sun were saying was true, in fact they have all thought it commendable that he was going to the gym in his spare time.

The club have made some shocking errors of judgement this season but with the hyenas circling,good on them for knocking back this kind of nonsense, though it’s just a shame they don’t permanently ban the likes of The Sun.

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