In a rather grand dramatical gesture, a lawyer speaking for Hatem Ben Arfa has declared that the 27 year old may even quit football altogether.
Jean-Jacques Bertrand confirmed to Infosport TV that after FIFA’s ruling, the former Newcastle winger would not be staying with Nice to train with them for the rest of the season, after it being ruled he couldn’t play for them in this campaign.
“His stay in Nice will end tomorrow, in the back of his mind there is the possibility to quit football
“It is out of the question that Hatem will finish his season at Nice.”
While I don’t think any of us seriously think Ben Arfa won’t be playing football again for somebody in August, there is the next six months to consider.
One potential temporary, or longer term, route has been raised in various media, with the MLS suggested as a possible destination.
Their season starts in March and the FIFA rules state that;
‘Players may be registered with maximum of three clubs during one season.
During that period, the player is only eligible to play official matches for two clubs.’
With their season in the States being totally out of sync with those in Europe, once again Hatem Ben Arfa would be depending on FIFA’s interpretation of their rules.
The Frenchman has already fallen foul of FIFA due to having a Newcastle United reserve match counted as a competitive game and combined with Hull meaning he has ‘played’ for two clubs already this season, we await with interest to see if Hatem will pursue the American dream.