FIFA ensure Hatem Ben Arfa ends up in limbo
News from France this afternoon that Hatem Ben Arfa will not be allowed to play for the rest of this season.
L’equipe have reported that FIFA have contacted both Nice and the French Football Federation to tell them that the Newcastle Under 21 match Hatem played in August against Reading, DOES count as a competitive match.
This means that he has already played for two clubs taking into account his loan spell at Hull, to play for another would be in breach of the rule that forbids players from turning out for more than two clubs in the same season.
Whether there is any appeal process is unknown but even if there was, FIFA have made the decision and they are the governing body responsible, so going back to them again would surely only have the same response.
The French press have also reported that the player’s contract with Nice would be voided if his registration couldn’t be transferred this month.
After their conflict with the player, it is hard not to imagine both Alan Pardew and Mike Ashley having a chuckle on hearing this news today.
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