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French Media – Hatem Ben Arfa Not Given A Squad Number

7 years ago

It has now been reported over in France that Hatem Ben Arfa has allegedly not even been given a Newcastle United squad number for the coming season.

The French website FOOT01 claim that Ben Arfa turned down a new extended contract on less money, which was the final twist in the conflict between player and club.

The turning down of the pay cut leading to a situation where Newcastle United are claimed to be doing everything within their power to force the Frenchman out of the club.

As has already been widely reported, Hatem Ben Arfa and Sylvain Marveaux have been sent to train with the kids instead of the first team when the players reported back for pre season.

Then despite so many big names missing the trip to New Zealand due to the Wolrd Cup and/or just signing, neither Marveaux or Ben Arfa were included in the travelling squad. To make matters even worse, the two wingers weren’t even allowed to be part of the team that played a friendly fundraiser for Gateshead’s long serving James Curtis.

A sad situation all round, as the crowd of 1,514 at the International Stadium on Friday night could easily have been doubled or trebled with the inclusion of the pair, giving entertainment to the crowd and topping up the cash raised, as well as helping with the pair’s fitness.

It has also been made public that Hatem Ben Arfa was fined 2,000 Euros by Newcastle United for reporting back 1.5 kilos overweight, something which the player claimed was due to ‘extra muscle mass’.

If indeed Ben Arfa has not been given a squad number and still intends to stick it out on Tyneside, all I can say is what a waste all round.

French daily Le Parisien are said to have approached Newcastle United for a quote on the Hatem Ben Arfa situation but were met with a polite ‘no comment’.


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